The City of East Grand Forks allows recreational fires. Recreational fire must follow City Ordinances and Minnesota State Fire Code requirements.
Definitions Recreational Fire: Afire set with approved starter fuel no more than three feet in height and three foot in diameter. Contained within the border of a recreational fire site using dry, clean wood; producing little detectable smoke, odor of soot beyond the property line. For the purpose of recreational, ceremonial or food preparation.
Recreational Fire Site: An area no more than a three foot diameter circle (measured from the inside of the fire ring or border). Completely surrounded by non-combustible and non-smoke or odor producing material, either natural rock, cement, brick, block, tile or metal. On an area that is depressed below ground, on the ground or on a raised bed. Included are permanent outdoor wood burning fireplaces and manufactured portable fire pits. Burning barrels are not a recreational fire site as defined herein.
Requirements for recreational fires:
- Only fire wood is permitted to be burned. No rubbish, yard waste, construction debris, plastic material, or manufactured wood products (plywood, treated wood) will be allowed.
- Fire must be contained within a described Recreational Fire Site.
- Recreational Fire Site shall not be located closer than 25 feet to any structure.
- An adult must be present at all times until fire is extinguished.
- A means to extinguish the fire must be present at all times. (Portable fire extinguisher or charged garden hose).
- Must respect weather conditions, neighbors, burning bans, health and safety.
- Extinguished completely wen finished.
- Recreational fires must be immediately extinguished if they pose a fire safety risk, if they are not in compliance with the above, or when directed to do so by the fire official.
Jeff Boushee Fire Chief