Having a backyard recreational fire this spring? Follow the law and be a good neighbor. Following these laws will help keep Minneapolis neighborhoods safe and livable:
- Outdoor recreational 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 air pollution advisory.
- Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic. www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/air/airquality
- 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 open burning or recreational fires fines that start at $200.
Be a good neighbor
Let neighbors know when planning a fire and 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 the Minneapolis law on recreational fires, visit the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 178 at www.minneapolismn.gov/government/ord/index.htm.