Fire Pits Setup - The legal side
Most communities have some general regulations for backyard campfires based on state law.
For example, fires must be attended, either by a "competent" person or by someone at least 18 years old. You need
to keep a hose or fire extinguisher nearby. Keep the fire 25 feet away from structures unless it's in a fire pit;
otherwise, 15 feet will do - although these distances can vary from city to city. Stick to firewood - don't burn
treated or painted wood, grass, leaves, plastic or garbage. The typical maximum size for the fire area is 3 feet in
diameter and 3 feet high. And if the smoke drifts into the neighbor's window, you have to extinguish the fire.
Here are some additional requirements specific to selected east metro communities:
Anoka-Champlin: Fires must be inside a fire ring constructed of materials such as mounded earth, large rocks,
concrete blocks or bricks.
Blaine-Mounds View-Spring Lake Park: Firewood can be a maximum of 2 feet long. Violating the rules can carry fines
of up $750 and/or 90 days in jail.
Eagan: Fire has to be put out completely when you're done.
Hudson: Fires have to be 20 feet away from any building.
Village of North Hudson and Township of Hudson: Each time you have a fire, you need to call 715-386-4701 to let
officials know, and you need to call again when the fire's out.
St. Paul: No permit required. Maximum fuel area: 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. No burning in wind more
than 10 miles per hour. If you have a fire pit, such as a hole in the ground surrounded by rock or a heavy rounded
metal pan, it has to be at least 15 feet away from a building or readily combustible materials, such as a stack of
firewood or a trash bin. If it's not in what the city calls "an approved burning appliance," the fire must be at
least 25 feet away.
Roseville: You can burn your fire for a maximum of four hours. Maximum log diameter is 1 inch.
South St. Paul: Each time you want a fire, you have to call 651-554-3259 to get it approved. No more than one
fire a week.
Stillwater: Wood fires can't include wood that's green, has leaves or needles, or is rotten, wet or soaked with
White Bear Lake: Fire ring has to be at least 8 inches high. If your smoke goes as far as your neighbor's house, it
must be put out.
Woodbury: Obtain a permit by calling or visiting the fire department. Only owners of single-family homes can get
permits. Wood can't be more than 3 inches in diameter, and your fire can only be 3 feet high. And you have to put
the fire out by midnight.
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