Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are outdoor fires where materials other than leaves and rubbish are the fuel being burned. Recreational fires are allowed by fire code on any day of the week and are not limited or restricted by time.

Outdoor fires are allowed within City limits under the following conditions:
  • Total fuel area should be 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
  • Fires can be, but do not need to be, contained in an outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or pit.
  • Fires must be attended at all times with a means of extinguishment readily available.
  • Fires must not be conducted within 25 feet of any structure.
  • Burning rubbish or leaves in a recreational fire is considered an ordinance violation and can result in a fine from $40 to $500.
The Rock Island Fire Department reserves the right to extinguish any fire, recreational or otherwise, at any time to assure public safety.

For further questions regarding recreational fires, contact the Rock Island Fire Department.