What are the requirements for having a recreational fire?

Recreational Fire means an outdoor fire burning seasoned hardwood contained in appliances specifically designed for this purpose, with a total fuel area of three (3) feet or less in diameter and two (2) feet or less in height, for the purposes of:

  • Ceremonial
  • Cooking
  • Pleasure
  • Religious
  • Warmth
  • Similar purposes

Burning Codes

Recreational burning shall be allowed for food preparation and camping purposes or as defined in the definition section. The material to be burned is limited to seasoned wood, and the fire shall comply with all other applicable state and local codes related to open burning.

  • All recreational fires shall be contained in appliances specifically designed for this purpose. Recreational fires shall be located no less than 15 feet from any structure. The responsible party must provide means to control flying embers.
  • All recreational fires shall be extinguished by 2 a.m. and shall use methods that will ensure all remaining embers are completely extinguished.
  • Municipal camping areas are exempt from the requirements of this section except the restrictions on size.
  • Recreational fires are allowed year-round.
  • Recreational burning when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.

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1. What are the open burning requirements?
2. What are the requirements for having a recreational fire?
3. What is your hiring process?
4. What services do you provide?
5. Who do I contact for fire permits and inspections?
6. What permits are issued by the Fire Department?
7. Do you charge for fire calls?
8. What are your office hours and location?
9. Do you provide fire extinguisher service and maintenance?
10. What is the contact number for the State Fire Marshal's office?
11. How do I access the burn trailer facility at Marshalltown Community College?
12. What kind of smoke detectors and locations for them do you recommend?