– NO OPEN BURNING OF TRASH, DEBRIS, WASTE OR BRUSH IS PERMITTED HERE IN HUNTERSVILLE –
The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshals Office sets the guidelines for our area for outdoor fires and grilling. They can be reached for questions here
The purpose of this is to establish a set of guidelines and procedures for recreational fires. The North Carolina Fire Code, defines recreational fires as an outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purpose.
Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
Open burning; bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable table fire extinguisher…with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-sire fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose, or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
The fire code allows camp fires, recreational fires, and fire pits as long as the two above sections are in compliance.
The North Carolina Fire Code, Section 307.3, regarding the authorization of the fire code official to extinguish an outside fire:
The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment… of open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.
Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
Exceptions: One and two-family dwellings: Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.
– This fire code section means that no grills producing an open flame shall be used within 10 feet of a building of combustible construction.
LP-gas burners having an LP-gas container with a water capacity greater than 2.5 pounds shall not be located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
– This fire code section means that no propane grills or propane tanks greater than 2.5 pounds shall be stored within 10 feet of a building of combustible construction.
Combustible materials shall not be stored in exits or exit enclosures.
– This fire code section means that all elements of the means of egress must be kept free of obstructions that could block an exit pathway and, thus, jeopardize occupants of the affected space. No combustible materials shall be stored in or under stairwells.