Roanoke Fire and EMS wants to remind Roanoke residents about fire pits

Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 7:13 PM EDT
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If you're thinking about having a summer bonfire, and live within city limits, you may want to reconsider.

According to Roanoke city code, fires must be recreational in nature, or for cooking only. Recreational fires must be constantly attended and only dry, clean, seasonal firewood can be burned.

Portable outdoor fireplaces must have a screen or mesh covering them and must be located at least 15 feet away from any structure or combustible material.

Recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from any structure and may not be larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

A warning will be given before any further action is taken, but if a warning has already been given, fires that do not follow the city code can be a class 1 misdemeanor and be accompanied by a fine up to $2,500.

For any questions, you can call the Fire Marshal's office at 540-853-2759.

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