Permit not required for recreational fires

May 21, 2019

Permit not required for recreational fires

By Ed Zagorski


With recreational fires becoming increasingly popular in backyards, the city of Watertown will consider no longer requiring residents to get a burn permit for them.

“Our residents are very knowledgeable,” said Kraig Biefeld, Watertown fire chief. “Recreational fires have really evolved over time. A lot of the residents are good about them.”

Biefeld said if residents have questions about their fire pits an individual from the fire department will come out and check it to make sure there are no hazards around it.

He said the fire pits range from items a homeowner may purchase from a hardware store or something they construct.

“It should be for recreational purposes only,” Biefeld said. “Common sense should be followed. People shouldn’t burn their garbage in the fire pits and make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving it unattended.”

The issue recently passed the city’s Public Safety and Welfare Committee and is headed to the Watertown Common Council for review and possible approval Tuesday.

Biefeld urged Watertown residents with questions to call his department at 920-261-3610.

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