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Tips on recreational fire safety


Last updated 6/6/2018 at Noon

Recreational fires are defined in state law as cooking fires and charcoal barbecues, campfires and bonfires that occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure or ceremonial purposes.

The following regulations apply:

  • Stay clear of structures. Recreational Fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.
  • Keep it small not tall. Recreational fires not in a “fire container” shall be limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Fuel it right. Recreational fires shall only be charcoal, clean dry firewood or manufactured fire logs. Building scraps, green wood, rubbish and yard waste are prohibited.
  • Fires shall be attended at all times. The attendee(s) shall have a shovel, and functioning garden hose or 4-A rated fire extinguisher available for use.
  • Be a good neighbor. Recreational fires that are offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.
  • Burn barrel. The use of burn barrels is illegal throughout the state.
  • Mind the ban. Recreational fires are prohibited during air pollution alerts and outdoor burning bans. Outdoor Burning information Hotline for Snohomish County is 425-388-3508.
  • Call 911 for any emergency

If the Mukilteo Fire Department official feels, for any reason, the recreational fire presents a fire or safety risk, the fire must be put out immediately.

If you have any questions, please call the Fire Prevention office at 425-263-8150.


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