Recreational fires

The City has rules and advice to make bonfires and other recreational fires safe and fun.


Recreational fires must:

  • Be less than 3 feet wide and 2 feet high.
  • Be kept at least 25 feet from buildings and flammable material.
  • Be surrounded by a barrier of nonflammable material taller than six inches.
  • Use natural cut wood only. Do not burn trash.
  • Use an above-ground fire pit in the designated fire zone.
  • Be supervised by someone 18 years or older.
  • Only burn between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Only burn when wind speeds are less than 10 miles per hour.
  • Burn when there is healthy air quality. Do not burn fires when there a poor air quality alert.


  • Completely put out your fire when finished.
  • Keep fire extinguishing equipment nearby and available, such as:
    • A bucket of water
    • A garden hose
    • Sand


Use these resources. They are available in multiple languages.

Read our recreational fire flyer >> 

Watch our recreational fire safety video >> 

Contact us

David Carson

Community Risk Reduction Officer






Minneapolis Fire Department
350 Fifth St. S., Room 133
Minneapolis, MN 55415


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Monday – Friday