Outdoor Residential Recreational Burning Requirements

Last Updated: 11/17/2016

What is Residential Recreational Outdoor Burning?

Residential recreational outdoor burning includes campfires, bonfires, as well as burning in fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and similar free-standing devices. Additionally, an outdoor fire can be used for the cooking of food.

What can be burned?

Only dry vegetation/wood and clean unpainted untreated dry lumber with a small amount of starter materials, such as hay or small kindling, can be burned. Flammable liquids shall not be used.

What are the options for recreational outdoor burning?

 Portable Outdoor Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces: These devices, sold by many businesses, fully contain the fire by means of a metal screen or grate and shall be utilized in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

All portable outdoor fires must be at least 15 feet from any structure or combustible material. This condition is exempt when used at one and two-family dwellings.

 Recreational Fires: These outdoor fires can have no more than a total burning fuel area of 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. Fires exceeding these dimensions are classified as a bonfire.

The fire must be fully contained by means of a fire ring or pit and located a minimum of 25 feet from any structure or combustible material.

Bonfires (Special Permit Required): Bonfires require a site inspection and an approved conditional permit from the Roseville Fire Department. Notification to the City fire dispatch is required prior to burning to avoid any false alarm responses.

The bonfire must maintain a minimum of 50 feet from all structures and combustible materials.

How must the burning be conducted?

 - All outdoor recreational fires, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces must be constantly attended until the fire is completely extinguished.

 - A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other on-site fire-extinguishing equipment such as sand or a garden hose must be available for immediate utilization.

- Smoke from burning cannot bother or cause a nuisance to neighbors  

    Any burning which constitutes a hazardous condition will be required by the Roseville Fire Department to be immediately discontinued.

    The burning of trash or any other combustible materials for waste or disposal purposes is prohibited in the City of Roseville.

    For more information please contact:

    Roseville Fire Department for additional questions on outdoor burning (916) 774-5800 
    9-1-1 for emergencies. 


    Placer County Air Pollution Control District (530) 745-2330
    www.placer.ca.gov/apcd