Outdoor Fire Policy

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Outdoor Fire Policy


  • Outdoor fireplaces should not be operated within 15 feet of your home, property line or combustible materials.
  • Don't use outdoor fireplaces on a combustible deck.
  • Permanent outdoor fireplaces must be constructed of noncombustible materials.
  • Discard ashes in a noncombustible container and keep outside of your home or any structure.
  • Recreational fires must be enclosed by a noncombustible fire ring at least 1 foot above the ground.
  • Don't construct recreational fires within 25 feet of your home, property line or combustible materials.
  • Outdoor fire is prohibited when it becomes offensive because of smoke emissions or when other circumstances make the fire hazardous.
  • Mow the grass surrounding the fire location short prior to ignition, and remove all combustible materials that could cause a fire to spread.
  • Only charcoal or clean, dry and seasoned firewood can be used as fuel. Firewood should not be longer than 2 feet.
  • Don't use flammable and combustible fluids such as gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel, kerosene or charcoal fluid to light and relight fires.
  • Trash, garbage, leaves, asphalt, petroleum products, paint, rubber products, plastics, paper, cardboard, treated wood, construction debris, metal or any substance that normally releases toxic emissions, dense smoke or obnoxious odors when burned should not be used as fuel.
  • Someone should always be present while a fire is burning or smoldering.
  • Buckets, shovels, garden hoses or fire extinguishers with a 4A or greater rating should be available for use while a fire is burning or smoldering.
  • Burn bans by the state of Kansas, Riley or Pottawatomie counties or the City of Manhattan will be strictly enforced.