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Fire Pit Guidelines

Outdoor Fireplaces

Guidelines For Minimum Acceptable Safety Requirements

Fire rings or pits must be located a minimum of 20 feet from structures or combustibles, such as houses, garages, sheds, wood piles, and wooden fences, and 10 feet from any over hanging branches, stumps, and trees.  Manufactured freestanding fire pits must be located a minimum of 10 feet from any structures or combustibles.


  1. The fireplace site shall consist of a circular area with a minimum radius of 5 feet.
  2.  The fireplace pad will consist of a circular area with a minimum radius of 3 feet cleared to mineral soil and/or covered with gravel located in the center of the fireplace site.  A concrete pad of the same dimensions may be used in lieu of mineral soil or gravel. 
  3. The remaining 2 feet of the 5 foot radius circular fireplace site may contain vegetation as long as it is 3 inches in height of less.
  4.  The fireplace must consist of at least 3 sides not less than 10 inches in height.
  5.  The fireplace must be constructed of non-combustible materials which are fastened or mortared together and in good condition. 
  6.  The fireplace shall be located on the fireplace pad and will be immobile.  Steel fireplaces must be staked down or somehow fastened to the pad.
  7.  Only natural fire wood cut in short lengths less than 2 feet may be burned.
  8.  A connected garden hose or other means to extinguish the fire must be readily available.
  9.  The fire must be constantly attended and supervised by an adult until the fire has been completely extinguished.
  10.  Recreational fires are not permitted on windy days when the smoke may create a nuisance for nearby neighbors.
  11.  The use of flammable or combustible liquid accelerants is not permitted.
  12.  Police and Fire Department Officers are authorized to require that a recreational fire be immediately extinguished and discontinued if it is   determined that the fire is not in compliance with the above rules, the smoke is offensive to nearby neighbors, or the burning is determined to constitute a hazardous condition.