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Minneapolis lays down backyard fire laws

Want to be a good neighbor this summer? Make sure you follow your city's laws for having a backyard fire.

MINNEAPOLIS — Warmer weather means you can start having backyard fires again! 

But the city of Minneapolis wants you to know what rules you should be following in order to be safe. 

If you do not follow these laws, you could be fined over $200.


Minneapolis allows backyard fires between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.


Your backyard fire should not be bigger than 3 feet wide and 2 feet high.


Don't plan to have a fire when the city is under an air pollution advisory


Burning cardboard boxes, trash and debris will make your fire toxic to others. 


Keep your backyard fire at least 25 feet away from your house, garage or other combustible materials. 


Your backyard fire must be in a ring or pit that is more than six inches high. 


Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher on hand when having a fire. 


Don't plan to have a fire when the wind is at 10 mph. 


Make sure an adult is watching the fire until it is completely out.

Click here to read more about the rules for having a backyard fire in Minneapolis. 

If you need to complain about a backyard fire, call 311 or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov