Open Burning/Recreational Fires/Fire Pits
The University is currently developing a policy for the use of fire pits at our theme houses and other specifically identified locations on campus. Currently the policy for an open fire requires Campus Safety be notified and a determination will be made if a permit is required from the City of Sioux Falls for the burn.
If you live off-campus and own a fire pit you must follow the City of Sioux Falls Administration Policy for Open Burning/Recreational Fires:
A. To establish policy for permit required open burning and recreational fire complaint response in accordance with adopted fire code.
II. General Instructions:
- Issuance of a permit for this type of open burning will be limited and issued on a case-by-case basis.
- Stand-by personnel and equipment may be required for permit issued burns at the expense of the permit holder.
- Stand-by personnel and equipment requirements will be based on teh nature of the burn and determined at such time of permit application.
- If dispatched to a fire of this nature, ensure a permit has been obtained.
- Where no permit can be produced, extinguishment of the fire shall be the course of action.
- Where a permit has been obtained and circumstances indicate a hazardous or objectionable situation, extinguishment may be necessary and will be determined by the reporting engine company officer.
- Flag the incident report for follow-up by FPD or, if the situation warrants, request the on-call inspector.
- Recreational fires must be contained in an earthen pit with sidewalls, fireplace, commercial grill, or device, which will contain the fire.
- Recreational fire fuel arrangements shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter or 2 feet in height.
- Fires must be a minimum of 15 feet from a structure and/or combustibles.
- Fires must be attended until extinguished.
- Only firewood or charcoal may be burned. Nothing shall be burned in violation of City Health code 19-50 (13) (14).
- Property owners must have knowledge of, and authorize, the activity.
- A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire extinguisher equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
- A fire contained within a barbeque grill arrangement used for the sole purpose of cooking is not a recreational fire.