Q: Are Recreational Fires Allowed in the City of Albert Lea?
A: Yes, with the following conditions:
Section 302.1 Definitions.
RECREATIONAL FIRE. An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
307.3.2 Location. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbeque pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
Fire-extinguishing equipment. Buckets, shovels, garden hoses or a fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating shall be readily available for use at recreational fires.
307.4 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
Discontinuance. The Chief is authorized to require that recreational fires be immediately discontinued if such fires are determined by the Chief to constitute a hazardous condition.
Revised May 12, 2004
Q: Why is my carbon monoxide/smoke detector chirping?
A: If it is sounding normally, exit immediately and call 911. If it is chirping once every thirty seconds or so, it probably has a bad battery. We recommend replacing batteries once a year.
Q: Can I burn my leaves or yard waste?
A: No. The city will take most yard waste at the city landfill for a small fee.
Q: Where is the best location to install my smoke detector?