Recreational fires are becoming more popular with the ability to get a fire pit in any shape and size imaginable. Portable and permanent fire pits can be assembled in minutes and can be purchased at most major retailers. The International Fire Code requires that portable fire pits not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. A structure can be defined as a house, deck, fence, shed, etc. A permanent fire pit should not be located closer than 25 feet to any structure or combustible material. The size of a recreational fire should be less than 3 feet in diameter and not more than 2 feet high. A fire must be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. There should be a fire extinguisher, garden hose or some type of extinguishing method readily available. The fire official has the right to extinguish any fire when it creates a hazardous or objectionable situation. Please remember that hot coals are dangerous and can hold heat for days. The fire may appear to be out but these coals still have the potential to start a fire. When cleaning up do not put coals in a combustible container or near a combustible structure. The fuel for recreational fires should be cut dried wood not trash and yard waste. Large logs or wet wood have a tendency to produce smoke with could be considered a hazardous condition.
Burn Permits are issued from September 15 each month until April 15 for unincorporated St. Charles County. These permits can be obtained by contacting the district headquarters at 636-332-9869. Attached are the burning regulations.