Follow the law and be a good neighbor when having a backyard fire
To keep Minneapolis safe and comfortable, remember these laws when having a small backyard fire:
- Postpone a fire when Minneapolis is under an air pollution advisory or alert. Fires release fine particles that contribute to air pollution and are implicated in a number of health problems, including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. You can sign up for air quality alerts online.
- Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic.
- Outdoor fires are allowed between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Keep fire small, less than three feet in diameter and two feet high.
- Have outdoor fires 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 on hand.
- Postpone outdoor fires when wind speeds exceed 10 mph.
- Make sure outdoor fires are always attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.
Any illegal burning can result in a $200 fine.
For more information on recreational fires or to register a complaint about a recreational fire, call 311 or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov, or to register a complaint about a recreational fire outside 311 hours, call 911. The Fire and Police departments are authorized to extinguish a fire immediately if it is hazardous.
To learn more about recreational fires, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/fire and click on “recreational fires Q&A.” You can also check out Minneapolis sustainability indicator on air quality at www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/indicators/sustainability_air-quality.
Published Apr 15, 2014