Recreational fires

The City has rules and advice to make bonfires and other recreational fires safe and fun.

Rules and tips

Recreational fires are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Here's some helpful information to have a safe, fun night.


Recreational fires must:

  • Be less than three feet wide and two feet tall
  • Be kept at least 25 feet from buildings and flammable material
  • Be surrounded by a barrier of nonflammable material taller than six inches
  • Use natural cut wood only
  • Be supervised by someone 18 years or older
  • Only burn between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Only burn when wind speeds are less than 10 miles per hour


  • Completely put out your fire when finished.
  • Keep fire extinguishing equipment nearby and available, such as:
    • A bucket of water
    • A garden hose
    • Sand

Read our recreational fire flyer >> (available in multiple languages)

Watch our recreational fire safety video >> (available in multiple languages)


Contact us

Casidy Anderson

Community Risk Reduction Officer






Minneapolis Fire Department
350 Fifth St. S., Room 233
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Office hours

7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday