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The popularity of fire pits and chimneas have created a need to update the Prince George’s County laws concerning the safe use of these devices. Prince George's County Fire Safety Law (Subtitle 11) – Section 11-268 “Open, Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces” has been updated and is in effect.
IN GENERAL WITH ALL RECREATIONAL FIRES
Recreational fires must be attended at all times by a person 18 years of age or older who is in direct view of the fire until it is completely extinguished. No fire should be left to smolder.
A water hose, fire extinguisher or other means to extinguish the fire must be available.
Only dry natural wood (firewood) can be burned in a recreational fire. No yard waste materials.
Recreational fire will be prohibited during drought conditions, strong winds, or air pollution events (Code Red or Code Orange).
Thick smoke and visible smoke that steadily crosses property lines are prohibited.
FIXED or PORTABLE FIRE PITS, FIREPLACES and CHIMNEA’S
Fires must be 30 feet from any structure.
Fires are not allowed on any balcony or deck.
PROPANE and NATURAL GAS FUELED FIRE PITS
Fixed or portable fireplaces or pits fueled by natural gas or propane are permitted at single-family dwellings and townhomes when used according to manufactures guidelines.
Any such device used on a deck must be at least 10 feet from the house and the combustion area cannot make contact with combustible decking.
These laws are designed to keep you safe. If found guilty of violating Section 11-268 the maximum penalty is up to $1,000 and/or 6 months in jail.
For additional information on the regulation of open burning and recreational fires, please contact the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal at 301-583-1830.