Memorial Day Holiday:

Most Town offices will be closed Monday, May 27. Residential trash will not be collected (make up day Wednesday, May 29). Chapel Hill Transit will not operate. Chapel Hill Public Library will be open 1-5 p.m.  More Information

Recreational Fires & Fire Pit Safety

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All recreational fires require permits unless the following guidelines are met:

  1. The fire does not exceed three feet in diameter or two feet in height;
  2. The fire shall not be within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials such as pine straw, overgrown vegetation or other similar environments;
  3. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition;
  4. The fire shall not contain any rubbish, trash, or building materials;
  5. The fire must be constantly attended by a competent person;
  6. There is an immediate way to extinguish the fire;
  7. Fire Extinguisher with a 4A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization;
  8. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions;
  9. The fire department may order the fire extinguished if it creates or adds to a hazardous situation or if the fire is determined to cause a nuisance by the responding fire crew.

If you are unsure if you can meet the above guidelines, please call the Chapel Hill Fire Department at 919-968-2781 and ask to speak with someone in the Office of the Fire Marshal division.

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