RECREATIONAL FIRE PERMIT INFORMATION

RECREATIONAL FIRE PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District has a more restrictive requirements than the California Fire Code.

Outdoor fires are great any time of the year. Be sure you know what’s allowed in the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District and that you get a recreational fire permit each year.

Recreational fires are allowed within the Town of Mammoth Lakes but need a free annual permit.  Property Owners can have a recreational fire permit, but they have to follow recreational fire rules.

The free permits expire on December 31, each year.  All other rules related to recreational fires remain but permit holders ill be required to read and know the District's ordinance and Chapter 3, section 308, Open Flames of the California Fire Code.

You must have a valid permit each year in order to have a recreational fire.  You will receive a PDF permit to retain for your records once the inspection is complete.  This permit must be on site during the recreational fire burn.  Your name and address will also be listed in the Fire Department Database.

Recreational fire permits may be suspended due to fire danger or by the discretion of the fire official.

If the fire generates a health problem with smoke that flows onto a neighbor’s property, the Fire District can ask that the fire be extinguished.

Recreational fire pit exemptions:

EXEMPTIONS:

Propane-operated or Natural Gas appliances:  that are UL or ASMI listed manufactured GAS (LPG or NG) outdoor flame devices, such as: Gas BBQs or Gas Fire-pits that comply with the Fire Code. Pellet-fed smokers.

Cooking/Recreational Fires: Fires in manufactured cooking devices do not require a permit. Cooking/Recreational fires in an open pit shall be prepared to provide an area that is free of materials that could allow the fire to spread. Fires shall not be larger than 3 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet and shall have a minimum separation of 25 feet to any structure of combustible material.

RESPONSIBILITY

THE PERMIT HOLDER ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY AND ALL PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUPPRESSION OF A FIRE THAT EXTENDS OUT OF AND AWAY FROM THE APPROVED BURN PERMIT SITE.

It is the permit holder's responsibility to ensure that conditions are in accordance with applicable State and Local fire regulations.

NON-COMPLIANCE

Unpermitted and burning during fire restrictions are subject to a citation. It is a federal offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than twelve (12) months or both. A citation for violating fire restrictions prompts a mandatory court appearance. Requirements for recreational fires shall be always followed, not following the requirements is also subject to a citation (Title 18 USC 1856, Title 43 9212.4, and/or appropriate State laws).

If violating a fire restriction order results in a wildfire or structure fire, the violator will be liable for any and all suppression costs resulting from the wildfire to the property and resources. Criminal charges may also be imposed.

GENERAL RULES

  • All fires must be located and conducted in a manner which does not present a hazard. The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District will require any fire be extinguished if a hazardous condition exists (such as flames are too high, the wind is blowing embers, extremely low humidity, etc.), or if the fire produces excessive, offensive or objectionable smoke. BE REASONABLE AND USE GOOD JUDGMENT.

 

  • Recreational fires outside of approved campgrounds are prohibited without the approval and permit from the fire code official, following the submission, review and approval of a permit application and a site inspection.

 

  • All fire rings shall be constructed of stainless metal ,brick, or concrete no wider than three (3) feet in diameter and no higher than two (2) feet, located a minimum of twenty-five (25) feet from a structure or combustible materials including wood, composite, or flammable decks or patios.  Fires need to be at least 10 feet away from property lines.

 

  • The fire ring shall have a screened cover with mesh screening no greater than one-half of an inch in size and large enough to cover the entire ring or structure used for burning.

 

  • All fires must be attended by a homeowner at all times until extinguished. A method of extinguishment, such as a fire extinguisher, water supply (hose, water barrel, water truck, etc.) or dirt and shovel, shall be immediately available while conducting any fires.

 

  • Don't light or continue your fire if winds are greater than 15 miles per hour.

 

  • The fire must be extinguished if it becomes violates these rules or if it is not supervised by an adult.  All fires are subject to be extinguished at the direction of the Fire or Police Department.

 

  • When you are ready to end your fire, make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving the fire location. The Fire Department has responded to a number of fires caused by coals and embers that have smoldered and reignited, sometimes many hours after homeowners believed they were extinguished. Coals and embers should not be placed in a plastic or combustible container. They should not be brought into the garage or near your home or siding.

Recreational fires are permitted at private residences during the year, and during stage I fire restrictions when allowed In designated campsites. Recreational fires are prohibited in Stage 2 fire restrictions, no burn days, red flag warnings, high wind warnings, or "very high" or "extreme" fire danger days.

Remember to be a good neighbor when having a recreational fire. Keep in mind that not everyone loves the smell or smoke from a fire

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CAL FIRE and USFS require Campfire and burn permits for open burning.

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