Fire Pit Information
- Portable outdoor fireplaces (fire pits) shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- A spark arrestor screen shall be used to prevent embers from escaping.
- They shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible materials.
- Any fire shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.
- On site extinguishing equipment shall be available and ready for immediate use before any fire is ignited.
- The burning of trash, yard waste or construction lumber is not permitted.
- Fires shall not be initiated during a time when a burn ban is in effect. If you need to know if there is a burn ban, you can call 911 for confirmation.
- Fires shall not be constructed when wind conditions are such that they pose a high potential for fire spread.
- Wind direction should also be accounted for to avoid potential smoke spread to neighboring areas, which could be determined to be a nuisance.
- If smoke spread causes complaints to be received, representatives from Hesston Fire/EMS will be dispatched to ensure that fire has been extinguished.
- Recreational fires (fires not in a container such as a fire pit or chiminea) shall be unlawful within city limits unless inspected and authorized by the Chief of Hesston Fire/EMS or designee prior to burning.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothing when operating a fire pit.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from a fire pit.
- Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids to ignite or reignite a fire.
- Remember that coals and ashes from a fire can remain hot enough to reignite and start a fire for many days after. Leave only when the ashes are completely cool.