Outdoor Burning

Grilling, campfires, and outdoor fires bring families and friends together – and by taking some precautionary steps, fire-related incidents and injuries can be avoided, as outdoor fire accidents sends thousands of people to the emergency room with burn injuries every year!

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Additional Tips


  • Keep campfires at least 25 feet away from any structure and anything that can burn
  • Clear away dry leaves and sticks, overhanging low branches and shrubs
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry days
  • Never let children or pets play or stand too close to the fire
  • Attend to the campfire at all times as lef along for only a few minutes can grow into a damaging fire
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids

Outdoor Burning

  • Check with your local fire department or municipality for any restrictions before starting an open-air fire – Obtain proper permits, if required
  • When allowed, open fires such as bonfires, yard waste fires, or trash fires need to be at least 50 feet from anything that can burn
  • Where outdoor burning is allowed, never burn plastics, construction debris, treated lumber, tires, pesticides, paint, or aerosol containers
  • Have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel with dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry days as embers from open burning can ignite nearby structures or cause a wildfire