Campfire Safety Rules and Regulations
As Spring arrives, and we soon enter the relaxing and festive Summer season, The CLFD would like to remind everyone of the safe ways to enjoy a relaxing campfire, along with a few rules to keep in mind.
First and foremost, we remind you that Clear Lake City Ordinance does not allow for open burning!!!
However, citizens are allowed to enjoy recreational fires!
By Definition, a Recreational Fire is: A Fire used for cooking and cannot be used for the purpose of burning trash.
Recreational fires must also comply with the following:
- Recreational fires cannot be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material, unless contained in a barbeque pit. Burning is permissible within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure if the pile size is three (3) feet or less in diameter, and two (2) feet or less in height. Conditions that could cause the fire to spread to within 25 feet of a structure should be eliminated prior to ignition.
- Buckets, shovels, garden hose or a fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 4-A rating shall be readily available for use at recreational fires.
- A person knowledgeable in the use of fire-extinguishing equipment should always be present at a recreational fire, and constantly be tending to the recreational fire. An attendant shall supervise the fire until it is extinguished.
- The Fire Chief (or his designee) is authorized to require that recreational fires be immediately discontinued if such fires are determined by the Chief (or his designee) to constitute a hazardous condition or neighborhood nuisance.
Be safe, Be smart, and Prevent Emergencies
From the CLFD, we wish you the happiest Summer season as you enjoy the Lake and all the fun-filled activities Clear Lake has to offer!