• Outdoor fires are permitted between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
• Keep fire small, less than three feet in diameter and two feet high.
• Postpone a fire when Minneapolis is under an air pollution advisory. Fires release fine particles that contribute to air pollution and can are implicated in a number of health problems, including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. Sign up for air quality alerts at http://mn.enviroflash.info.
• Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic. www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/air/airquality
• Fire must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than six inches high.
• Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.
• Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.
• Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.
Illegal burning can result in a $200 fine.
Be a good neighbor
When you're planning to have a recreational fire, these simple suggestions could help make sure you're being a considerate neighbor:
• Let neighbors know when planning a fire.
• Postpone a fire when smoke will blow directly at a neighbor's house or when still weather conditions prevent smoke from moving away at all.
For more information about recreational fires from the Minneapolis Fire Department, visit http://wcms/wwwmpls/fire/WCMS1P-090517. For the Minneapolis law on recreational fires, visit the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 178 at www.minneapolismn.gov/government/ord/index.htm. This ordinance works toward Minneapolis goals about an eco-focus, livable communities and healthy lives.
For more information on Minneapolis air quality, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/indicators/WCMS1P-081037.