Read This Before Starting a Backyard Fire in Grand Rapids

Read This Before Starting a Backyard Fire in Grand Rapids

It’s that time of year again, spring is here and summer soon will be.  Makes you want to crack out some kindling and start a backyard fire, maybe roast some marshmallows doesn’t it?

Before you gather the family and friends around the fire this year in your backyard, you should know of the new rules and regulations set down by the city of Rapids.

Yes, backyard fires are LEGAL within city limits this year, but there are some stipulations.   First, you will have to get a permit.

Permits require that you must keep your fire contained in a portable and elevated pit.  The fire must be at least 20 feet away from the edge of your property and 20 feet away from any buildings.

Any overhead wires must be at least 15 feet away from the fire as well.  Keep a fire extinguisher on hand because you are required to douse the fire if necessary. Also, only seasoned, dry firewood can be burned.

And, last but not least, the neighbors to your right and left must give their consent for you to gather round the campfire.

So less than half of the 54 permits that have been applied for have been issued.

Don’t want to pay the $50 permit fee? If so, you risk a $150 fine for just the first offense.  Don’t think you neighbors won’t rat you out either.  Police have already responded to 25 complaints in April alone.  Lastly, any Clear Air Action Days are off limits for your fire.

Nothing like a slew of rules and regulations to kill that summer fun huh?


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