Recreational Fires

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Recreational fires are allowed without a permit in the City of Hastings, as long as the following provisions are met:

Size: The maximum height of flames are 3 feet, and the maximum diameter of the fire pit is 3 feet.

Clearance: Recreational fire must be at least 25 feet from all buildings and/or combustible materials. Combustible materials are things such as wood, paper, and plastics.  Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Attendance: Recreational fires must be constantly attended until the fire burns out completely, or is extinguished.

Fire Protection: On-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as a portable fire extinguisher, dirt, or sand, and a shovel, or garden hose shall be readily available at all times until the fire is extinguished.

Permitted materials: The only materials permitted in a recreational fire are wood from trees, small branches, brush or charcoal. Treated lumber materials, construction debris, garbage, plastic materials or waste materials are not allowed to be burned in recreational fires.

Extinguishment Authority:  Recreational fires must be immediately extinguished if they pose a safety risk, if they are not in compliance with the above, or when directed to do so by a police officer, or firefighter. Smoke which is offensive to neighbors, while not necessarily hazardous, may lead to further restrictions.  Exercising due caution and common courtesy will help preserve your rights to have a recreational fire.