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Recreational Fires (Bonfires) in Plymouth

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Bonfire in a backyardRecreational fires (bonfires) are permitted in Plymouth, provided that certain requirements are met. Please use caution and follow the requirements below.

Defining a Recreational Fire (Bonfire)

  • Recreational fire sites include in-ground or above ground pits, fire rings, portable fire pits, bowls, chimineas and other approved wood burning devices. 
  • Mobile cooking devices such as manufactured hibachis, charcoal grills, wood smokers and propane or natural gas devises and burners are not defined as recreational fires.

Ordinance Requirements

  • Fires must be contained within a fire ring, pit or similar device constructed for such use.
  • Fires must be no larger than 3-feet in diameter and 3-feet in height.
  • MN State Fire Code Section 307.4.2 states that fires must not be located within 25-feet of any structure (including house, garage, decks, sheds, etc.). The area within a 5-foot radius and directly above and below the fire shall be clear of combustible materials.
  • The wood to be burned must be clean, non-treated wood at least 1 inch in diameter and produce little detectable smoke or odor. Flammable or combustible liquids, yard waste (branches, twigs, sticks, leaves or grass), garbage, recycling, plastic, furniture, construction materials or treated wood shall not be burned or used as starting materials.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment must be readily available at all times. This may be a fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 2A rating, garden hose or other equipment designed for such use.
  • The prevailing winds shall be away from nearby residences and must be 10 miles per hour or less.
  • The fire may not be located within a wetland or natural wetland buffer strip.
  • The fire must be attended at all times by at least one responsible person 18 years of age or older.
  • The Fire Chief or designee is authorized to order recreational fires immediately discontinued if the smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding properties or that the fire constitutes a hazardous condition. Please be considerate of your neighbors.

Burning Ban
Recreational fires are prohibited when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has declared a burning ban, determined the current fire danger level is at or above Very High, or the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert.

Any person violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor under the City of Plymouth Ordinance, Section 94-12.

Open Burn Permits

Plymouth Fire Department
Public Safety Building | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5120 | F 763-509-5142 |

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