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Recreational Fires

A recreational fire is an outdoor fire, where the fuel or material being burned, is not in a contained incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or pit, and is used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. A recreational fire has a maximum fuel area of 3 feet or less, in diameter by 2 feet or less, in height. A permit issued by the Devils Lake Fire Department is required for fires of larger size or other uses.

Guidelines For Conducting Recreational Fires:

  • In accordance with our City Ordinance all recreational fires must be covered and screened. The screen must not be larger than 1/4 inch wide.

  • A recreational fire shall not be located within 25 feet of structures or conditions such as dry grass, leaves, or combustible materials that will cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of any structure.

  • Recreational fires are not allowed during a declared fire ban or when the rangeland fir danger index is in the extreme category.

  • Only untreated wood with a recommended diameter of at least 1 inch may be burned. No brush, yard waste, or rubbish is to be burned in a recreational fire.

  • Recreational fires must be located on private property and have approval from all involved parties. Recreational fires are not allowed in easements or right of ways.
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  • A cellular or portable phone or other means of reporting an emergency must be available for use.

  • Recreational fires are not allowed in winds in excess of 15 miles per hour
    as determined by the Weather Channel. North Dakota Telephone Company,
    channel 20. Midcontinent Communications, channel 5.

  • Recreational fires must be attended until extinguished and a garden hose,
    dirt, water barrel, fire extinguisher or other means of controlling and
    extinguishing the fire shall be available for immediate utilization.

  • Recommended hours for conducting recreational fires are 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight).

  • Any Fire or Police Officer may withdraw permission to conduct a recreational fire due to climate conditions such as extreme dryness, nuisance problems, or violations of these guidelines.

  • Fires in approved and UL listed containers equipped with screens and spark arrestors, must be located a minimum of 15 feet from structures and combustible materials with all other guidelines applying to these types of fires.

  • Cooking devices utilizing charcoal or LP (propane) must be located a minimum of 10 feet from combustible construction with the exception of 1 (one) and 2 (two) family dwellings and this use may be restricted during a declared fire ban.

For additional information, please contact the Fire Department at (701) 662-3913 or (701) 662-8122.


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