Outdoor Fire Safety

fire-pit-1163901-1278x855It is permitted within the City of Waukee to maintain a fire pit with untreated wood for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.  
It is NOT permitted to burn rubbish/refuse which includes yard waste, tires, garbage or plastics.
  • Any fire not within a portable outdoor fireplace shall not be less than 25 feet from structures or combustible materials.
  • Any fire greater than 36 inches in width and/or 2 feet in height (bonfire) requires a permit.
One- and two-family dwellings and townhouses, constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code, are not regulated by the Waukee Fire Department regarding portable outdoor fireplaces and open-flame cooking devices due to the practical difficulties involved in enforcing such regulations.   
  • Grills should be placed at least 10 feet from any structure or combustible material.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces/fire pits should be constructed and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and not within 15 feet from structures or combustible materials.
Multi-family dwellings (apartments and condominiums) 
  • Charcoal burners, other open-flame cooking devices, and other devices that produce ashes or embers shall not be operated on balconies or within 20 feet of combustible construction. LP-gas cooking devices having one LP-gas container with a water capacity not greater than 20 pounds may be operated per manufacturer’s instructions or within 10 feet from structures or combustible materials.
  • Fires shall be constantly attended by a responsible adult until the fire is fully extinguished. 
  • The attendant shall have access and knowledge to use approved fire extinguishing equipment such as a portable fire extinguisher, water truck, garden hose, dirt, sand or water barrel. 
The Fire Department does have the authority to order the extinguishing of a fire when the open burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation or if a permit was required but was not obtained. An outdoor fire is prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous or a nuisance. 

Please use good judgment and common sense, and respect your neighbors.

Call 515-978-7998 to speak with a member of the Waukee Fire Department.