Having a backyard fire this fall? Follow the law and be considerate of your neighbors
For some, colder fall temperatures are a reason to have a small backyard fire. Following these Minneapolis ordinances will help keep Minneapolis safe and livable:
- Outdoor fires are permitted between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Keep fire small, less than three feet in diameter and two feet high.
- Postpone a fire when Minneapolis is under an air pollution advisory. Fires release fine particles that contribute to air pollution and can are implicated in a number of health problems, including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. Sign up for air quality alerts.
- Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic.
- Fire must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than six inches high.
- Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.
- Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.
- Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.
Illegal burning can result in a $80 fine.
Be a good neighbor
When you’re planning to have a recreational fire, these simple suggestions could help make sure you’re being a considerate neighbor:
- Let neighbors know when planning a fire.
- Postpone a fire when smoke will blow directly at a neighbor’s house or when still weather conditions prevent smoke from moving away at all.
For more information on recreational fires or to register a complaint about a recreational fire, call 311 or email. The Fire and Police departments are authorized to extinguish a fire immediately if it is hazardous.
Visit the Fire Department's website for more information about recreational fires.
Last updated Apr. 16, 2014