Cook Fires/Bonfires
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Regulations do prohibit any burning which causes a nuisance or a condition of air pollution or hazard to others and is enforceable by the Fire Department.

  • The fire must be on your own property or you must be able to demonstrate you have the permission of the property owner.
  • The fire must be small, manageable, and approachable.
  • All fires must be constantly attended by a competent person who is 18 years or older, until extinguished.
  • A garden hose connected to a water supply, or other fire extinguishing equipment shall be readily available for use.
  • Fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials unless in approved container.
  • The burning of trash, rubbish, painted or stained wood, and construction debris is prohibited.
  • Never use wet or unseasoned wood, only use dry, clean wood, charcoal briquettes or fire logs.
  • Outdoor fireplaces or chimineas should be sited on a flat surface that is non-combustible. They should not be placed directly onto a wood surface.
  • All manufacturer guidelines should be followed.
  • Any accelerants such as gasoline, diesel fuel, or Coleman fuel are prohibited from being used to light a fire.
  • Fires cannot cause a nuisance to any neighbors or persons. If the fire department receives a complaint regarding your fire (smoke, smell, ash or sparks), we will investigate and if deemed necessary, the fire department has the authority to order the fire extinguished.
    • As a good measure, speak to your neighbors first to avoid any problems.
  • Environmental conditions such as bad air quality or a day classified as a high fire danger (Red Flag) day may also limit or exclude the use of a recreational fire.
  • Call the COMM Fire Department with any questions or problems at 508-790-2375.