Recreational Fire Guidelines


Under Carbondale City Code 10-1-14, it is unlawful to burn or set fire to refuse or any other combustible material within the City of Carbondale except for recreational fires, established in the following guidelines:

  • The fire should be in the rear yard unless none exists, then in a side yard behind the front plane of the house. The fire should never be located between the structure and the street.
  • The fire must be no more than three feet in diameter and two feet in height.
  • The fire must be at least twenty-five feet from a structure or other combustible material, fifteen feet if in an approved container.
  • The fire may include contained sticks or logs. However, it may not include leaves, refuse, or building materials.
  • A method of extinguishment must be readily available, i.e., extinguisher, hose, buckets, etc.
  • The fire must not be objectionable because of excessive smoke or odor.
  • The fire must be constantly attended to at all times.
  • The fire department may order the extinguishment of open fires that create or add to a hazardous or objectionable situation.