Can I have a recreational fire in my yard?

Yes, the fire must be contained in an outdoor fireplace, barbeque or noncombustible fire ring and you need to follow the appropriate requirements for open burning.

Can I have an open fire pit or ring?

Open fire pits or rings are limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Can I use a manufactured fire place or fire ring?

Commercially manufactured fireplaces or fire rings may be used if they are equipped with a spark arresting screen that is in place during burning. They must be located at least 20 feet from an occupied structure and 10 feet from an unoccupied structure.

What can I burn?

Only clean dry lumber and trees may be burnt. No painted, varnished or treated lumber or wood may be burnt. No litter, trash, garbage, leaves, paper, etc may be burnt. Burning these items is a violation of State law and City ordinance


Burning shall be in a manner so that dense smoke and noxious fumes are not created. Dense smoke or noxious fumes could be deemed to be a public nuisance.

Fire attendance:

Fires shall be constantly attended. It is always advisable to have a garden hose, bucket of water, fire extinguisher or other means to extinguish the fire if the need should arise. For additional information please see the MN State Fire Marshal Handouts-next pages