Since it’s the season to be outdoors, more people spend time outside sitting by a recreational fire. Following are tips to stay safe:

  • Fire pits, fire rings, or fireplaces must be 25-foot from any building or other combustibles. If using an enclosed fireplace, the distance should be at least 15-feet from any building or other combustible objects.
  • A fire should never be closer than 15 feet to anything combustible.
  • Recreational fires are allowed in the city of Mankato without a permit as long as state provisions are met.
  • Recreational fires should be used for cooking, social, or recreational purposes.
  • Materials permitted in a recreational fire are wood from trees, small branches, brush or charcoal.
  • Since they are fire hazards, treated lumber materials, construction debris, grass, garbage, plastic or waste materials are not allowed to be burned in recreational fires (Minnesota state statute 88.171).
  • Someone must attend the recreational fire until it burns out completely or is extinguished. [Minnesota state fire code section 307.5].
  • Use clean wood with a maximum wood pile that is two feet high by three feet in diameter.
  • Maintain a 25-foot clearance between the fire and any building, wood pile, dry brush, dry grass, or other flammables.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, hose, sand, bucket or shovel nearby.
  • Once done, soak any remains in water in a metal can and allow at least 24 hours to cool before discarding them. Properly disposing remains can help prevent a fire from restarting and causing damage. Ashes should be spread in gardens, buried on the property, or disposed of in a landfill.
  • Extinguish fires immediately if they pose a fire safety risk, are not in compliance with code, or a police officer, firefighter, fire warden or Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer directs the fire must be put out. [Minnesota state fire code section 307.3].