Burning Rules & Regulations

The City of Waseca does allow recreational fires if you follow these rules:

  1. Fire pit needs to be at least 18" deep and not exceed 3' in diameter.
  2. The fire is for recreational purposes such as roasting hot dogs. Cannot be used for destroying rubbish.
  3. No burning of rubber, plastic or painted/treated lumber.
  4. Fire no larger than 3' in diameter and flames no higher than 3'.
  5. Fire has to be a minimum of 25' from buildings and other combustible materials.
  6. Extinguishing equipment needs to be near the recreational fire such as a hose or water filled bucket.
  7. Competent person constantly attending the fire. Never leave fire unattended.
  8. Be a good neighbor.
  9. The Fire Department has final authority. If any of the rules are broken, or if the firefighters feel that the recreational fire is unsafe because of wind conditions or excess smoke, the firefighters will ask you to extinguish the fire.

If you have any questions about these rules, contact the Waseca Fire Department at 117 2nd Ave SE or call (507) 835-3210


(A) Subject to applicable Minnesota Statutes and regulations the open burning of dried leaves only between October 15 and November 15 is hereby permitted subject to the stated limits and conditions of the city code.

(B) (1) The burning should be limited to areas of the city zoned and used for residential purposes only.

      (2) Burning shall be permitted only between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

      (3) All burning shall be conducted a minimum of 25 feet from all buildings, structures, flammable materials and tall grasses and weeds.

      (4) No person shall kindle a fire on land of another without first obtaining permission of the owner or his or her agent.

      (5) No burning is permitted in any public streets. Any burning that takes place on the in-drive of a property owned or occupied by the burner must be cleaned following the burning.

      (6) All fires shall be attended at all times by a person of suitable age and discretion.

      (7) No burning shall take place during an air pollution alert, warning or emergency declared by the Pollution Control Agency or during a fire alert or warning declared by the city and the Fire Chief may prohibit burning of leaves when atmospheric or local conditions make the burning hazardous.

      (8) The burning of other refuse is prohibited.

(`86 Code, § 8.31) (Am. Ord. 744, passed 4-4-00) Penalty, see § 10.99