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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Local Air Quality
no. 23

Prevent generation of local air contaminants so as to improve community health.
  Best Practice Action 2      [ 1 2 3 4 5 ]       [all actions]

Regulate outdoor residential wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

a.  Recreational burning.
b.  Outdoor residential wood boilers.
  • The MPCA developed in 2016 two model nuisance and zoning ordinances to address solid fuel-fired heating devices such as wood boilers or outdoor furnaces to assist local governments in addressing wood smoke complaints.
  • Burning household garbage such as in a burn barrel is generally against the law in MN.
  • A number of urbanized cities have placed a ban on use of outdoor wood boilers (Savage, Burnsville, Stillwater). Other cities have adopted performance standards - such as the U.S. EPA's Step 1 certification, part of the EPA New Source Performance Standards of 2015 - moratoriums, restrictions on warm season usage, and/or permitting, setback and stack height requirements. See certified hydronic heaters / outdoor wood boilers on the EPA site.
  • For actions and resources related to community-scale biomass energy plants, see GreenStep best practice #26 ( Renewable Energy ).
Regulate outdoor wood burning using nuisance ordinance language, referencing the MN Fire Code. Note that burning household garbage, such as in a burn barrel, is generally against the law in MN.
Regulate outdoor wood boilers using the MPCA model zoning language.
Ban (on a permanent or interim basis) or enforce performance standards for specific types of burning.

Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   06/27/2017
Date of last report update:   11/16/2018
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Golden Valley has a City ordinance that regulates recreational fires (Section 12-24 of City Code) and provides guidance for recreational burning on the City website. Section 10-4 of the City Code prohibits the installation, use, and maintenance of outdoor wood boilers.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/golden_valley/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIGEOR_CH12FIPRPR_ARTIIOPBUREFI_S12-24REFI

For more information contact:
Jason Zimmerman (City staff)   |   jzimmerman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8099

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   07/05/2017
Date of last report update:   07/05/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Inver Grove Heights adopted an Outdoor Wood Burning Ordinance in 2010 which prohibits the use and operation of outdoor burners/boilers existing before October 2010. The Ordinance also prohibits installation of new outdoor wood burners/boilers. Permits are issued by the Fire Department for recreation burning.

For more information contact:
Ally Hillstrom (City staff)   |   ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org   |   651-604-8511

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Date action report first entered:   02/14/2017
Date of last report update:   02/14/2017
Year action initially completed:   1997
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Chapter 14, Article II of the City Code addresses open burning in the City of Newport. Permits are required for open burning and there are certain materials that are prohibited from being burned. Additionally, the City requires that only untreated wood, coal or charcol be used for recreational fires. Finally, outdoor furnaces are prohibited within the City.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/newport/codes/code_of_ordinances

For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

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Date action report first entered:   10/23/2014
Date of last report update:   10/23/2014

Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 2.10.4(e) lays out regulations on outdoor wood burning,

Outcome measures/metrics:
This ordinance is regulated by our building inspection department.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/northfield/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIINOCO_CH34LADECO_ART2ZODIUSRE_2.10ACUSST

For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff)   |   beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3074

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Date action report first entered:   04/06/2015
Date of last report update:   04/06/2015

Implementation details:
Regulation of outdoor wood stoves and furnaces by only permitting untreated fuel and wood to be burned. While all stoves must be EPA approved and follow property line and structure setbacks. The new ordinance states that no outdoor stoves may be used between April 15th and September 15th of each year. If the wood stove ordinance is violated, the person committing the violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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For more information contact:
Steven Erickson (City staff)   |   serickson@ci.chisholm.mn.us   |   218-254-7906

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls has ordinances in place regulating both recreational burning and outdoor wood boilers.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Date action report first entered:   08/18/2015
Date of last report update:   09/28/2015

Implementation details:

For more information contact:
Peggy McNamara (City staff)   |   pmlexington@comcast.net   |   763-784-2792

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
In 2010 the city held public meetings and established new requirements for outdoor wood boilers that establishes standards for burning wood with low water content.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Date action report first entered:   10/31/2011

Implementation details:
ORDINANCE NO. 49 AN ORDINANCE REGULATING AND CONTROLLING THE USE OF OUTDOOR ACCESSORY BOILERS WITHIN THE CITY OF ROYALTON. THE CITY COUNCIL OF ROYALTON HEREBY ORDAINS: SECTION 1. Accessory Boilers. A. An "Accessory Boiler" is defined as an accessory structure or an addition to the exterior of an existing structure which contains a firebox and is designed to heat a structure or provide hot water through conveyance of heated fluids or gasses. B. The only Accessory Boilers allowed in the City of Royalton shall burn corn or the fuel must be documented to meet an EPA limit of 3.75 grams per hour or less. C. To further protect emission standards these fuels can not be burned in accessory boilers: 1. Household garbage and cardboard. 2. Plastics, colored ink on magazines, boxes and wrappers. 3. Coated, painted or pressure treated wood. 4. Driftwood, plywood, particle board, or any wood product containing glue. 5. Wet, rotted, diseased or moldy wood. SECTION 2. Non-Conforming Use. A. The lawful use of any existing wood burning accessory boiler unit existing at the time of the effective date of this ordinance may be continued. B. No pre-existing, non-conforming wood burning accessory boiler unit shall hereafter be extended, enlarged, expanded, or replaced. SECTION 3. Set backs A. All outdoor accessory boilers shall be set back from buildings and property lines in accordance with the state building code. SECTION 4. Fees and permits A. Any person installing an accessory boiler shall first show documentation meeting the requirements of this ordinance and pay a verification fee to the City Clerk. Fee to be set by the City Council and may be changed from time to time by resolution by the Royalton City Council. B. All accessory boilers need a mechanical permit from the building inspector for the City of Royalton. SECTION 5. Violation. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense. THIS ORDINANCE SHALL SUPERSEDE AND REPEAL ALL PRIOR AND CONSISTENT ORDINANCES. THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE AND PUBLICATION REQUIRED BY LAW. DATED: 10-21-08 CLERK: Carol Madsen MAYOR: Andrea Lauer

Outcome measures/metrics:
The goal of this ordinance is to set EPA limits on the emission standards for accessory boilers within the city of Royalton

Descriptive links: Ordinance #34 Accessory Boilers

For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official)   |   mayor@royaltonmn.com   |   320-630-2229

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Saint Paul Park

Date action report first entered:   03/01/2013

Implementation details:
City Code 26-32 Sub 11 prohibits the use of outdoor woodburning furnaces, defined as a fuel burning device designed to burn primarily wood by hand firing and that is not located inside a structure ordinarily occupied by humans. City Code 26-32 sub. 12 prohibits outdoor biomass burners, defined as a burning device designed to burn fine particular cellulose materials such as sawdust, dried wood chips, charcoal, coal, corn and thermapolastics and that is not located inside a structure ordinarily occupied by humans. City Code 26-34 sub. 19 states throwing, placing, depositing, or burning leaves, trash, or lawn clippings, weeds, grass or other material in streets, alley, or gutters is punishable as a misdemeanor.

For more information contact:
Kevin Walsh (City staff)   |   kwalsh@stpaulpark.org   |   651-459-9785

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Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Four years ago Shorewood adopted regulations pertaining to the use of outdoor woodburning boilers.

For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906

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Date action report first entered:   11/01/2017
Date of last report update:   11/01/2017
Year action initially completed:   2012
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star - City passed regulations and ordinances regarding recreational burning and outdoor residential wood boilers (90.38) as well as the permitting process (90.42).

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For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
As per municipal code Section 8-3, Burning Regulations, recreational burning is limited in size and permitted only with the approval of the fire marshal. In this section the City has also adopted Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) rules 7005.0070—7005.0820, Air Pollution Control and Regulations. In the city, outdoor wood boilers are considered a nuisance and are therefore not allowed. Municipal Code, Chapter 15 Article I.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2012

Implementation details:
Apple Valley regulates recreational wood burning in chapter 93 of the City Code.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Date action report first entered:   06/06/2012

Implementation details:
Burnsville has a City Ordinance that regulates outdoor wood burning (ordinance is attached).

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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   07/05/2017
Date of last report update:   07/05/2017
Year action initially completed:   2009
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Coon Rapids has had a recreational, outdoor wood burning ordinance in effect for many years. The ordinance is in place to protect the safety of the residents, households, and the City's natural landscape. Size, duration and location of the fire are specified in the ordinance and must be followed. Such things as climactic conditions, extreme dryness, nuisance problems, or violations of the guidelines will be left up to the discretion of any police or fire officer, and all burning privileges may be withdrawn.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/coon_rapids/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT12BU_CH12-400FIPRCO_12-415OPBU             view file

For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff)   |   csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6485

City of Coon Rapids Fire Dept.

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Date action report first entered:   01/03/2015
Date of last report update:   01/03/2015

Implementation details:
Recreational fires are regulated.

For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff)   |   Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov   |   763-531-1140

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Date action report first entered:   01/13/2011

Implementation details:
City has recreational burning regulations. See ordinance at http://www.ci.eagan.mn.us/upload/images/Fire/Amendment%20to%20Sec%2010%2040%20%20Recreational%20Fires%20and%20Open%20Burning.PDF set back requirements (350 ft. from property line). The ordinance was recently adopted and has not been codified yet. When it, the ordinance will be available on the City's Website.

Outcome measures/metrics:
350 ft. from property line

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.eagan.mn.us/upload/images/Fire/Amendment%20to%20Sec%2010%2040%20%20Recreational%20Fires%20and%20Open%20Burning.PD

For more information contact:
Eric MAcbeth (City staff)   |   emacbeth@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5330

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   04/06/2012

Implementation details:
The City Fire Department provides guidelines for recreational burning. The guidelines are posted on the City website and are also available at the Fire Department Station 1.

Descriptive links: http://www.edenprairie.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=1142

For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

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Falcon Heights

Date action report first entered:   01/18/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Falcon Heights revised our recreational fire ordinance to limit the location, duration, and type of fuel that is allowed with outdoor fires.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The number of complaints regarding nuisance smoke has been dramatically reduced.

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For more information contact:
Justin Markon (City staff)   |   justin.markon@falconheights.org   |   651-792-7600

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Date action report first entered:   04/04/2011

Implementation details:
Recreational fires in Hopkins do not require a permit (except during a burning ban) if they meet the requirements set forth by the Department of Natural Resources, the State of Minnesota, and the City of Hopkins. The regulations are accessible from our website. The City does require a permit for recreational burning if it does not meet regulations.

Descriptive links: http://www.hopkinsmn.com/fire/burning.php             view file

For more information contact:
Steve Stadler (City staff)   |   sstadler@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6350

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Date action report first entered:   08/25/2016
Date of last report update:   08/25/2016

Implementation details:
City code section 90.072 outlines stipulations for recreational fires.

Descriptive links: http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/?f=templates&fn=default.htm

For more information contact:
Lauren Walburg (City staff)   |   lwalburg@jordanmn.gov   |   952-492-7928

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La Crescent

Date action report first entered:   04/03/2017
Date of last report update:   04/04/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of La Crescent has extensive ordinances banning and regulating burning of a variety of substances. See above link for specifics.

Descriptive links: http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Minnesota/crescent/cityoflacrescentmncodeofordinances?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:lacrescent_mn

For more information contact:
Shawn Wetterlin (City staff)   |   SWetterlin@cityoflacrescent-mn.gov   |   507-895-4409

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Lake Crystal

Date action report first entered:   02/05/2014

Implementation details:
The city ordinance 228, which was amended by ordinance 263, regulates outdoor wood burning within the city of Lake Crystal. The city explicitly prohibits open burning or use of burn barrels. The ordinances are attached for your reference.

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For more information contact:
Taylor Gronau (City staff)   |   lccity@hickorytech.net   |   507-726-2538

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Date action report first entered:   04/01/2016
Date of last report update:   04/01/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Lauderdale revised its recreational fire ordinance to limit the location, duration, and type of fuel that is allowed with outdoor fires.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B5F73237E-9F78-407B-A785-DA0D9F5C945F%7D/uploads/Microsoft_Word_-_05-07_Recreational_fire_2012_final_cleaned_up.pdf

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/16/2015
Date of last report update:   04/16/2015

Implementation details:
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has an open burning, burn barrel and fire prevention ordinance.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Date action report first entered:   03/27/2012
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city of Maplewood regulates outdoor wood burning with specific procedures that residence must follow. The standards are written into a recreational fire procedure.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1671

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2015
Date of last report update:   11/19/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Section 9-9 of the City Code states that open burning shall be allowed for recreational purposes without a permit, including campfires, ceremonial fires, and cooking fires. Recreational fires shall not be used for disposal of yard waste, construction materials, or common household trash. Fuel for recreational fires shall only be aged, dry firewood. Section 9-12 of the City Code adopts the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency air pollution regulations and states that "no person shall dispose of refuse by open burning or cause, suffer, allow or permit open burning of refuse."

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/new_hope/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CD_ORD_CH9GEWESA_S9-9PEMO

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Date action report first entered:   02/25/2016
Date of last report update:   01/25/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
601.11 of code states "Air pollution controls and regulations pursuant to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 7005 (M.P.C.A.), are hereby adopted by reference." 921.05 of the city code states, "No person may cause, allow, or permit open burning within the City except as provided in this section." with a list of exceptions following.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/richfield/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CHIXPUSA_S921OPBURE

For more information contact:
Wayne Kewitsch (City staff)   |   wkewitsch@richfieldmn.gov   |   (612) 243-4500

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Date action report first entered:   06/13/2011

Implementation details:
Definition of recreational fire: The burning of materials, other than rubbish, contained in an outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill, or pit and with a fuel area 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height, for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking or similar purpose. Recreational fires shall be conducted in accordance with the following: The purpose of the fire must be recreational and not to dispose of refuse, household waste, leaves, brush, trees, or construction materials. The fuel may only be charcoal or fire wood cut for that purpose. RCO 141.12 The fire must not be greater than 3 feet in diameter and shall not be conducted within 25 feet of structures, and combustible materials or 15 feet if contained within an *approved barbecue pit or grill. Conditions, which could cause the fire to spread to within 25 feet of a structure, shall be eliminated prior to ignition. RFC 307.4.2 *An approved barbecue grill or outdoor fireplace must be designed, built and marketed specifically for outdoor cooking or burning. These appliances must be used in accordance with the manufacture's recommendations. *An approved barbecue pit or ring is not larger than 36 inches in diameter or 9 square feet constructed of noncombustible materials and provides a 12" minimum enclosure depth above materials to be burned. Fire extinguishing equipment such as buckets, shovels, garden hose or fire extinguisher, having a 4A rating, must be available to extinguish and control the fire. RFC 307.5 A person knowledgeable in fire safety and extinguishment shall be in attendance at all times, until the fire is completely extinguished. When extinguished, the fire must not be allowed to smolder. RFC 307.5

Descriptive links: http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/fire/FirePrevention/Public%20Education/Regulations/Recreation%20fire.asp

For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Date action report first entered:   01/13/2015
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
Details about the regulations for outdoor wood burning are found on the city's website.

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud has regulated recreational fires by establishing a policy that requires property owners to obtain a Recreational Burning Permit from the Fire Department. These annual permits require the permit holder attest to holding recreational fires in accordance with the setback requirements established by the policy and the Land Development Code. All recreational fires must be located outside of the front, street and interior side yard setbacks and must be located a minimum of 25 feet from all buildings or combustible materials. Treated lumber may not be burned in a recreational fire. The Fire Chief, or designee, may require the recreational fire extinguished if it creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation. In addition, all recreational burning permits are considered temporarily void during declared burning bans and may be reinstated upon such time that the burning ban is lifted.

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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Saint James

Date action report first entered:   11/06/2018
Date of last report update:   11/06/2018
Year action initially completed:   N/A
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Fire Pits/Recreational Fires - City of St. James Ordinance 10.25 Fire Pits/Recreational fires not permitted in the front yard setback area Fire Pits/recreational fires maximum size is 3' in diameter and 3' high Only sticks, twigs, and unsawn materials may be burned in fire pits in the City(no garbage, leaves, treated lumber, etc.) Keep fires at least 25' away from any structure Burning of Leaves - City of St. James Ordinance 10.26 Burning permit required Burning permits available during the month of May and from October 15- December 1 Prohibited on City streets, boulevards, lake shores or any public property 25' setback from any structure, wood fence, hedge or bush and no less than 5' from any property line Burning allowed between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Burning trash, rubbish, or other materials is strictly prohibited

Descriptive links: https://www.ci.stjames.mn.us/293/Code-Enforcement

For more information contact:
Sam Hansen (City staff)   |   Sam.Hansen@ci.stjames.mn.us   |   507-375-5090

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Date action report first entered:   01/26/2016
Date of last report update:   01/26/2016

Implementation details:
The city has guidelines for Recreational Fires. The city follows the MN Uniform Fire Code and MN State Statutes. Regulations include: fire pit must be 25 feet from any structure or combustible material, all combustible materials must be cleared away from the area before starting the fire, fire pits must be constructed of non-combustible material and the fire ring or pit must be at least 8 inches deep for a recreational fire. The city also has ordinances on storage of firewood, barbecues and deck fires.

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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

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Date action report first entered:   12/23/2014
Date of last report update:   12/23/2014

Implementation details:
Ordinance 2012-01, passed on June 18, 2012, added Section 804 to Sherburn City Code, to define recreational burning and place exceptions and conditions for them. The code also explains the duties to extinguish, the penalties and also the recreational fires that are prohibited.

Descriptive links: http://nebula.wsimg.com/a0b8cc460fd98a9146f9afef3134bf90?AccessKeyId=7DFB687E0C10617CDFBE&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

For more information contact:
Kym Christiansen (City staff)   |   kym.christiansen@cityofsherburn.com   |   507-764-4491

City of Sherburn, Sherburn/Welcome Police Department

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Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
All residents intending to have a recreational fire are responsible for abiding by the following regulations: Fire size can be no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, and no higher than 3 feet. Wind speed must be below 10 miles per hour. Fire must be constructed in a "fire ring" or pit at least 25 feet away from any combustible material or structure. Flammable liquids or accelerants cannot be used to start any recreational fire. If planning to have a recreational fire, be aware of any local burning bans in effect. Recreational fires are prohibited during all burning bans. Only clean wood can be burned. No grass or leave clippings are allowed. Open burning is restricted to vegetative, non-polluting material, which cannot be practically composted or chipped. Buckets, shovels, garden hoses or a fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating must be present for use at recreational fires. A knowledgeable person in the use of fire extinguisher equipment must constantly attend the fire. An attendant must supervise the fire until it has been extinguished. The fire department is authorized to require that open burning be immediately discontinued if smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding property or if the fire is determined to constitute a hazardous condition. Variations of any of the above rules will result in the immediate extinguishments of the fire. These and any other violations of the open burning laws could result in loss of the right to have recreational fires and also may cause a citation, with fines up to $150 or more, to be written.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/resources/public-safety

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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West Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   01/23/2019
Date of last report update:   01/23/2019
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of West St. Paul regulates residential burning location, duration and time, and which fuel sources cannot be used for burning. Fire extinguishing equipment must also be kept close by.

Descriptive links: http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Minnesota/weststpaul_mn/titleixgeneralregulations/chapter90animals?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:weststpaul_mn$anc=JD_90.08

For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff)   |   cschueller@wspmn.gov   |   16515524118

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   05/08/2013

Implementation details:
The City regulates recreational outdoor wood burning through the attached ordinance.

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For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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greenstep advisor
Megan Kuhl-Stennes, Neighborhood Air Pollution Lead, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2455, Megan.KuhlStennes@state.mn.us