Recreation Fires

Recreation Fires Requirements

  • 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.

Fire Nuisance

Recreational fires should not be lit or maintained if the smoke there from unreasonably causes discomfort or a negative impact to neighboring properties. If a complaint is lodged and verified by a peace officer or firefighter and in their opinion is creating a nuisance situation, the operator may be called upon to extinguish the fire immediately until conditions change or improve.


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 email Mike Turnbull, the Maplewood Fire Marshal, or call 651-249-2804.