Recreational Fires

Learn Before You Burn
Fridley Recreational Fire Rules
Recreational fires are allowed in Fridley as long as the fire is in a contained area, such as an outdoor fire pit, which is not larger than 3' in diameter and as long as those hosting these fires comply with the following rules:
  • No fires are allowed between Midnight and 9:00 a.m.
  • Only clean wood or charcoal may be burned. This means no burning of trash, leaves and brush.
  • The ground within 5' of the fire pit or other contained area must be cleared of all combustible material.
  • The fire pit or other contained area must be at least 25' away from a structure. This distance may be reduced to within 15' of a structure when contained in an outdoor fireplace or container approved by the Fire Chief.
  • Recreational fires may not be started on windy days when smoke may create a nuisance for neighbors.
  • The fire must be attended by an adult from the time it is ignited until it is fully extinguished.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment, such as a garden hose, must be readily available to put out the fire.

Contact Us

  1. Main Line:

    (763) 572-3613

    Station 1 Address:

    7071 University Ave NE
    Fridley, MN 55432

    Business Hours:

    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All other rules are contained in
Chapter 108.13 of the Fridley City Code
If you have a complaint about smoke from a neighbor's fire, please call 9-1-1.

Fridley Fire or Fridley Police will respond to complaints about recreational fires. In most cases, residents will be asked to extinguish fires. On rare occasions, firefighters will extinguish the fire and/or issue a citation.

Unless a multi-family residence has an approved gas or electric barbecue grill that is permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the buildings gas supply or electrical system, charcoal grills and gas grills are not allowed on the balconies of structures containing three or more dwelling units. They may also not be located on the ground floor patios of these properties unless they are located more than 15' from the structure. Fuel storage is also prohibited in structures having three or more dwelling units.

If residents have questions about recreational fires during weekdays, they may contact Fire Department staff at 763-572-3613. Alternatively, you may email your comments and/or questions to the Fridley Fire Department at
Use Only Dry, Aged Wood
Wood should be split, stacked and covered for 6 months or more before burning. Wood should be stored under a cover with the ability for air to circulate around it. This can be as simple as keeping a tarp over the top of the wood stack without covering the sides. Properly dried wood is often darker, has cracks in the end grain, and makes a “hollow sound” when smacked against another piece of wood.
Burn Only Firewood
Never urn household garbage, painted or stained wood, plastics, or chemically treated paper in your backyard fire. Not only is this practice illegal, it is also hazardous and dangerous to you, your family and to your neighbors. Yard waste should not be burned either. Check with your garbage hauler for information about yard waste pickup or click here for Anoka County compost sites.
Talk with your Neighbors Before a Burn
Be considerate. Do your fires cause health issues for neighbors? Listen to neighbors who may suffer from your backyard fires. Even if they don't have health conditions, let your neighbors know you are going to have a fire so they can close windows. It is important to note that closing windows will not prevent wood smoke from affecting those with respiratory conditions.
Click Here to learn more about Wood Smoke and Your Health from MN Pollution Control Agency
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Don't Burn on Alert Days

Wood smoke can make bad air days worse and you should not burn when air pollution health advisories have been issued in your area. Some local governments even prohibit backyard fires on days the “air quality index” is above 100, the level at which air pollution can start to impact sensitive groups. To know when air pollution has reached unhealthy levels in your area, sign up for AirNow air alerts via email, download the Minnesota Air mobile app, or see daily updates on Twitter (@mpca_aqi).