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Posted on: May 1, 2021

Recreational Fire Guidelines

Burn Regulations

Pursuant to 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 with the exception of 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. In no instance should the fire ever 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 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 at all times.
• The fire department may order extinguishment of open fires that create or add to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

For additional information, please contact the Fire Department Administrative Office at (618) 457-3234.

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