Recreational Fires and Fire Pits

A recreational fire is an outdoor fire where the fuel is not contained in an incinerator, barbeque grill, or barbeque pit. It is used for pleasure, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.

  • There must be a means of extinguishing the fire present at all times.
  • Total fuel size and fire pit is limited to a maximum of 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Fire pit must be constructed of non-combustible material, cement, clay, brick, or sheet metal.
  • Fire pits must be placed on non-combustible surfaces and may not be located on a deck or apartment balcony.
  • Fire pits shall be clear of overhangs, such as tree branches, utility lines and structures.
  • The fuel may consist of only dry, seasoned firewood.
  • The fire shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials.
  • The fire may be ignited by using only a small quantity of paper.
  • The fire shall not burn for longer than 4 hours and must be extinguished by midnight of the day it was started.
  • Outdoor burning shall be prohibited when local circumstances make the fires potentially hazardous, high wind conditions (over 15 mph) and dry conditions.
  • Burning of treated wood, rubbish, garbage, trash, any material made or coated with rubber, plastic, leather or petroleum based materials is prohibited.
  • Open burning shall be constantly attended and supervised by a competent person at least 18 years of age until such fire is extinguished.
  • Fires shall not be allowed to cause smoke/odors which would constitute a public nuisance.

Lastly, please take into consideration your surroundings when burning, especially your neighbors. Please be considerate, the intent of fire pits is for recreational purposes.

All open burning activities throughout the County, in unincorporated and incorporated portions of the County, are prohibited except where allowed by St. Louis County Code 612.345

If smoke, ash or particulate matter from an open burn remains visible beyond the property line of origin, or found on surfaces beyond the property line of origin, this may be a violation of the Missouri Air Pollution Control Rule, 10CSR 10-6.170 – Restriction of Particulate Matter to the Ambient Air Beyond the Premises of Origin. Such an occurrence could result in issuance of a Notice of Violation from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Any violation of the Missouri Air Pollution Control Rules could also result in a fine from the State of Missouri.


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