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;
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  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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