Recreational Fires

City of Brainerd Recreational Fire Regulations state that open burning of lumber, pallets, wooden shingles, scrap wood, brush, tree trimmings, leaves, yard waste, cardboard, paper, garbage and other similar items is NOT permitted.  Only natural firewood cut in short lengths less than 2 feet may be burned.  The fire pit must be contained in a ring or pit not exceeding 3 feet in diameter.  Fire rings or pits must be located a minimum of 25 feet from structures or combustibles.  The fire must be constantly attended and supervised by an adult until the fire has been completely extinguished and a garden hose or other means to extinguish the fire must be readily available.  The use of flammable/combustible liquid accelerants is not permitted.  Recreational fires are not permitted on windy days or on commercial/industrial sites with construction activities.  The Police and Fire Department officers are authorized to require that a recreational fire be immediately extinguished and discontinued if it is determined that the fire is not in compliance with the rules, the smoke is offensive to nearby neighbors or the burning is determined to constitute a hazardous condition.  Violations of these fire rules are misdemeanor offenses requiring a court appearance and punishable by fines up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.  Please contact the Fire Station at 218.828.2312 with any questions.

​City of Baxter residents are not allowed to start or allow any open burning on any property in the city without first having obtained an open burning permit.  A permit is not required for any fire which is a 'recreational/camp fire', which is described as a fire set for cooking, warming or ceremonial purposes which is not more than three feet (3') in diameter by three feet (3') high and has had the ground five feet (5') from the base of the fire cleared of all combustible materials.  Open burning permits may be available from the DNR office or at the Fire Station during business hours.