Recreational Fires

Before starting a recreational fire, always remember to call the Recreational Fire Hotline at 952-826-0398 to ensure that the fire danger index is low and no bans are in place.

Complete a free recreational fire permit online.

Laws & Privileges

In recent years, backyard fires have become more common in suburban cities, where the confines are much tighter than you'd find in the "great outdoors." As a result, the City of Edina and State of Minnesota have put Fire Codes in place to address this and related issues: Edina City Ordinance 605.

Remember, recreational fires are a privilege, not a right. With this privilege comes responsibilities that must be upheld in order for you, your friends, neighbors and children to safely enjoy a recreational fire.

Recreational Fire Guidelines

Fire prevention and education are two of the Fire Department's top priorities. Usually, many burn injuries, fatal fires or property damage could have been prevented by adhering to the following recreational fire guidelines:
  • Outdoor recreational fires are allowed under the fire code upon acquiring a free permit from the City. Permits may be obtained at Edina City Hall located at 4801 West 50th Street or online.
  • Before starting a recreational fire, call the Edina Fire Department Recreational Fire Hotline at 952-826-0398 to ensure that the fire danger index is low and no bans are in place.
  • Recreational fires are not allowed between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday or between midnight and 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Fires must be on private property and contained within a fire ring, pit or manufactured wood-burning appliance or similar device constructed for such use.
  • Any recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from all structures, 10 feet away from property lines, and 5 feet from any combustibles.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water near your fire at all times.
  • You are only allowed to burn wood (logs a minimum of 1 inch in diameter), coal or charcoal.
  • Oils, combustible and flammable liquids, rubber, plastics, chemically treated materials, construction materials, hazardous waste and rubbish/trash shall not be burned. Do not use flammable or combustible liquids to kindle or rekindle a fire.
  • Keep your fire no larger than three feet in diameter by two feet high.
  • Do not start a recreational fire if winds exceed 15 miles per hour (mph). View the latest wind speed information from the National Weather Service.
  • Your fire must be attended at all times by at least one responsible person 18 years of age or older.
  • As a courtesy to your neighbors, please let them know when you intend to have a fire.
  • Make sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving it unattended.
If the Fire Department receives complaints about the fire or it constitutes a hazardous condition, the Fire Chief is authorized to have the fire discontinued immediately.

Contact Information

For more information, call the Edina Fire Prevention Bureau at 952-826-0378.