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Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are allowed by the City of Cottage Grove when the following provisions are followed:

  • Must be located at least 15 feet away from any combustible structure and at least 10 feet from any property line, unless a different location is approved by the fire chief.
  • Must be contained in a fire pit or enclosure that is constructed from brick, masonry, metal, or other noncombustible material.
  • Must be no more that 3 feet in diameter.
  • Flame height must not exceed 3 feet.
  • No trash, leaves, stumps, treated, painted varnished, or otherwise coated lumber may be burned.
  • An adult must be in attendance.
  • Fire-extinguishing equipment, such as a charged water hose or fire extinguisher, must be readily available at all times.
  • Not permitted when winds exceed 15 miles per hour
  • Not permitted when the fire chief had issued a no fire order.
  • Fires must be extinguished to the point of cold before being left unattended.

In addition:

  • The fire chief may order any recreational fire to be immediately extinguished if the fire poses a nuisance to surrounding residences.
  • A nuisance is deemed to exist if the fire generates flying embers that pose a hazard to property or generates smoke or odors that unreasonably interfere with the use or enjoyment of neighboring properties.

Note: State-issued burning restrictions/bans may impact this policy.

Recreational Fire Information
 City Code Section 4-6-1:C (2) a, b