Residential Burning

The City of Sartell does not allow burning of leaves or any other debris.

Wildfire Prevention

You could lose your home to a wildfire. Prepare your home, family, and community for survival.

Beware and prepare to reduce the threat of wildfire to your home. This checklist will help you identify ways to reduce home and property wildfire hazards and to prepare your family and neighbors for the event of a wildfire.

Create a 30 to 100-foot defensible space around your home. Within this area take steps to reduce potential exposure to flames and falling embers. Homes built in pine forests should have a minimum defensible space of 100 feet.

  • Rake all leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation.
  • Thin a 15-foot space between pine and spruce tree crowns and prune up lower limbs within 6′ to 10′ of the ground – eliminate the fire ladder!
  • Remove wild brush and tall grass within 30 feet of structures.
  • Ask the power company to clear branches from power lines.
  • Remove vines from the walls of the home.
  • Mow and water grass regularly.
  • Manage the pine-spruce forest around your home through regular thinning harvests.
  • Clear a 10-foot space around propane tanks.
  • Do not dispose of ashes until they are ‘cold out’.
  • Stack firewood at least 30 feet from any structure.
  • Store gasoline, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans.
  • Regularly clean roof and gutters of leaves and needles.
  • Inspect your chimney at least twice a year.
  • Screen-in or skirt openings under decks and mobile homes.
  • Use fire-resistant building and roofing materials.
  • Be sure your driveway is at least 14 feet wide. Trim overhanging branches. Create a turnout.
  • Can an ambulance get in your driveway and to your home?
  • Be sure your house number is clearly visible from the road.
  • Do you have smoke detectors and are they working?

Recreational Fire Guidelines

Many Sartell residents have backyard fire pits and enjoy an occasional campfire. While burning a campfire, there are several things we must keep in mind to ensure fire safety and the consideration of our neighbors.

The Minnesota State Fire Code and Minnesota State Statutes regulate the use of recreational fires to assure this. The following is the guidelines that need to be followed when burning a recreational fire.

  • Materials you may burn are twigs, branches, firewood, untreated scrap lumber, or charcoal. You CANNOT burn treated lumber, yard waste, leaves, brush, debris, or refuse material
  • All fires will be constantly attended
  • A charged garden hose or fire extinguisher must be immediately available
  • The size of the fire is limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high
  • No burning is allowed on streets, sidewalks, or another public right of ways.
  • The fire area must meet one of the following criteria:
    • An approved non-combustible fire ring or pit that is at least 8 inches deep and is at least 25 feet away from any building or combustible construction such as sheds, decks, and fences. Combustible materials such as leaves and brush must be cleared away
    • An approved device to contain the fire such as a fireplace, charcoal grill, or portable fire pit and is at least 15 feet away from any building or combustible construction such as sheds, decks, and fences. ¬†Combustible materials such as leaves and brush must be cleared away.
  • No burning will be allowed during burning bans issued by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or the Sartell Fire Department.

Please keep in mind these guidelines while enjoying a campfire. If these guidelines are not met, residents may be asked to extinguish the fire by the Sartell police or fire department.