Recreation Fires

Recreation Fires 

Maplewood has a friendly neighbor policy that states smoke from fires should not “unreasonably cause discomfort or a negative impact to neighboring properties.” If our public safety team verifies that a fire is creating a nuisance it will have to be extinguished. 

Short-term exposure to fine particles in the air can aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and may also increase the risk of respiratory infection. Scientists have also linked short-term exposures to heart attacks and abnormal heartbeats,” according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. American Lung Association’ states” it is important to note that closing windows will not prevent wood smoke from affecting neighbors with respiratory conditions. For more information go to the a American Lung Associations backyard fire fact sheet Learn Before You Burn.Com


  • Not more than 3 feet in diameter
  • 3 feet or less in height
  • 25 feet from any structure
  • Near a garden hose or bucket of water
  • Supervised at all times
  • Burned only from 10 am to 11 pm

Recreational Fires Are Prohibited

  • For the use of burning trash or yard waste
  • If winds are over 15 miles per hour
  • If conditions are very dry

Items That Are Legal to Burn

  • Charcoal
  • Clean dry wood

Violating these rules is a misdemeanor and you may be issued a citation. 


As of November 14, 1994 residents no longer need to acquire recreational fire permits.


In the event of an emergency, call 911. If you feel there is a concern with a recreational fire in your neighborhood, please call the Non-Emergency Maplewood Police/Fire at 651-767-0640.

If you have other questions or concerns, please contact Chief Michael Mondor ( (651) 249-2822.