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Recreational Fire Guidelines

by Katelyn Stroven
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Recreational Fire Guidelines

Recreational Fires – A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any recreational fire unless conducted and approved in accordance with this section.

Prohibited Recreational Fires – Recreational fires that are offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fire hazardous shall be prohibited.

Permit Required – A permit shall be obtained from the Fire Code Official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a recreational fire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the recreational fire is to be kindled.

Extinguishment Authority – The Fire Code Official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of recreational fires that creates or adds to a hazard of objectionable situation.

Location – Recreational fires shall be conducted at a location approved by the Fire Code Official.

Attendance – Recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 of the fire code with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as a water barrel, garden horse, or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.    

For more information regarding recreational fires within the City of Traverse City, please contact Fire Marshal Mike Sheets at 231-922-4930 ext. 3 or by email