Recreational Fires

Fires Within the City Limits (Per 2009 International Fire Code 302.1)
  • Pueblo must not be under 'High Fire Danger' status
Requirements
Allowed in the city limits only if all the following can be met:
  • Most importantly, fire must have a 25-foot minimum clearance from all combustibles. This includes fences, trees, vehicles, and structures
  • Shall be contained in a fire pit or ring (this does not include 55 gallon barrels due to size limitations)
  • Fire (flame) size must not exceed 3 feet in diameter, and 2 feet in height
  • Fuel must not be refuse, i.e. no leaves, yard waste, trash, or other material that would otherwise be discarded
  • Fire must be constantly attended
  •   Extinguishable methods immediately at hand: garden hose line fully charged or extinguisher (5# minimum size, ABC class), and shovel or like tool
  • Fire must be fully extinguished at conclusion of each event
  • Be known that if a citizen makes a health, smoke, or odor complaint as a result of this fire, it must be extinguished
Note
It is typically not easy to meet all the above conditions, particularly the 25-foot radius.

Portable Outdoor Fireplaces
Portable outdoor fireplaces are open hearth or with chimney, non-combustible construction; similar to those sold at local home improvement stores, and a small fire as per manufacturer’s instructions with wire-mesh spark shield in place. Same requirements as above, but shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material
  • Exception: Fireplaces used at 1- and 2-family dwellings
Bonfires
Shall be conducted only with approval and issuance of a permit by the Fire Prevention Bureau, with very specific restrictions

Open Burning
Open burning (not in a container of any type) is only permitted on agriculturally (A) zoned land, requires issuance of a permit from the Fire Prevention Bureau, and has very specific restrictions.

BBQ Grills
Prohibited on unsprinklered combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible materials in multi-family (3+) dwellings

Exception: Small BBQ with no greater than 2.5 pound LP cylinder is allowed
  • Failure to comply will result in Fire Department extinguishment and a municipal citation with penalties
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