What do I need to do if I want to have a recreational fire or burn some tree limbs on my property?

Permits are required for any size of fire in ALL parts of the city. Applications can be found on the city website. A recreational fire is considered no more than three-feet by three-feet with a two-foot flame height. To be able to have a recreational fire, a resident is required to have a fire ring on their property and get a permit through the fire department. If your fire ring meets the requirements of a permanent ring, the owner can apply for a permit that is good as long as that person owns that house. It is not transferable. If you are having company and just want to have a small one-time fire without creating a permanent ring, you can apply for a single-use permit. When you apply for the permit, you will get detailed instructions on placement of your fire ring and other requirements. 

If you are burning tree limbs or other brush, you will need a special open-burning permit for that larger fire. That permit also has requirements for size and location of the fire, as well as weather conditions needed to burn, and instructions for calling in your fire before you burn. You can ONLY BURN clean, dry wood in any fire. No treated wood, furniture, leaves, grass clippings, garbage, or chemicals are allowed. 

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1. How do I get rid of old fireworks?
2. Where can I find more information about fire safety for kids?
3. Where can I find information about hazards in the home?
4. Do you charge or recycle fire extinguishers?
5. Do you check car seats?
6. If I am unsure if it is an emergency, can I call the Fire Department directly?
7. Where can I get my blood pressure taken?
8. I would like to take my kids on a tour of the fire station. Do you do that?
9. Who do I call if I have a complaint about burning?
10. Do we have a volunteer or full-time department?
11. What kind of pension program do you have for your paid-on-call (POC) firefighters?
12. What kind of training or experience do IGH firefighters need to get on the fire department?
13. Do the paid-on-call and full-time firefighters work together?
14. I don’t like the sight of blood; can I just sign up to go to fires?
15. I hear you can sign up for different “shifts” like a part-time job. Is that the only time commitment I will have to be a paid-on-call firefighter?
16. Why do you take a big fire truck to medical calls?
17. Do you work with fire departments in other cities?
18. How does the IGH fire department affect my insurance rates?
19. Does the fire department have an ambulance service?
20. When can I apply to be a firefighter?
21. Can I live anywhere and be an IGH firefighter?
22. What do I need to do if I want to have a recreational fire or burn some tree limbs on my property?
23. Can I use a grill on my deck if I live in an apartment?
24. Why do you have dorm rooms in the fire stations?
25. Do you have any volunteer jobs or is there anything I can do to help without being a firefighter?