Fire Pit Regulations

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has code requirements in place for outdoor fireplaces and fire pits.

Code Requirements for Outdoor Fireplaces/Pits

2012 International Fire Code, Section 307.4.3-Portable Outdoor Fireplaces (the kind you can purchase commercially) are allowed for use within the District and shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. They shall not be used within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. Screening shall be constructed of woven or welded wire screening of 12 USA standard gage wire having openings not exceeding ½ inch in order to prevent embers from escaping.

2012 International Fire Code, Section 307.3 – Extinguishment Authority: TMFPD has the ability to extinguish, or require the extinguishment of, any open burning or use of a portable outdoor appliance when it creates a hazardous situation.

Truckee Meadows Fire encourages residents to let their neighbors know they have an outdoor fireplace at their residence, so that the neighbors are less likely to call in to report a fire to dispatch. We also encourage residents to clear all combustibles, have sufficient water available at all times for extinguishment, and always make sure that the fire is completely out prior to leaving it unattended.