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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Open Burning Is Not Allowed in Coralville

Burn barrel with prohibited symbol

Fire Pits
If you are thinking about burning yard waste, recycling, or trash in Coralville, think again. Recreational fires are only allowed in Coralville in purchased outdoor fire pits used following the manufacturer’s instructions, or in built-in outdoor fireplaces pre-approved by the Fire Chief.

Using outdoor fireplaces or fire pits is prohibited when the weather or other conditions make fires hazardous, or objectionable because of smoke or odor. Before using any outdoor fire pit or fireplace, be mindful of how your outdoor fire impacts neighbors and pets.  

When using an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, always follow these requirements:

  • Never operate an outdoor fireplace or fire pit within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.
  • Outdoor fire pits must be completely contained by wire mesh, including a wire mesh cover or lid which must be in place at all times.
  • Only burn clean, dry firewood. Damp wood increases the amount of smoke leaving your property and affecting neighbors.
  • Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits should be constantly attended by at least one adult while in use until the fire is extinguished.  Fires can spread unexpectedly and quickly, so never leave it while in use.
  • Keep at least one portable fire extinguisher or other approved fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, or garden hose, on site and available for immediate use. The fire extinguisher should have a minimum 4-A rating.

If you feel someone is not following these rules, call the Coralville Fire Department at 319.248.1835 during normal business hours.

When it comes to using a grill, charcoal burner, and other open-flame cooking devices, the following rules apply to apartments, condos, and town houses – and are good practice for one and two family dwellings:

  • Never grill on wood decks or other combustible balconies.
  • Never grill within 10 feet of combustible construction, such as siding, deck railings, eaves, and overhanging branches.

Exceptions to this rule apply when buildings, balconies, and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system, or when using a grill with an LP-gas container less than a quart (or 2.5 pounds).

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