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Burn Guidelines


Recreational Fires and Fire Pit Rules: Recreational Fire Pit Rules.pdf


  1. Required 500 foot clearance from any property line, structure, or roadway, or approved by the Wichita Fire Department.
  2. Open burning shall not take place when wind velocity exceeds 15 mph.
  3. Responsible persons shall be present when burning is conducted and provide fire protection.
  4. Current Burn Permit must be on-site when burning.
  5. Fire must be completely out one hour before sundown (except by special permission).
  6. Fire Dispatcher must be notified at 9-1-1 each day prior to burning.
  7. No material shall be burned except types listed on the permit.
  8. Burning must not create dense smoke, smoke nuisance, or a traffic hazard.
  9. Only trees, wood, vegetation rubbish will be allowed to  be burned.  Materials being burned must be from the burn permit site, no transporting material from another site allowed.
  10. NOT ALLOWED to burn - construction materials, trash, plastics, tires, asphalt roofing material, asbestos containing material, aerosol cans, coated wire, etc.

Ceremonial Bonfires -require a Wichita Fire Department burn permit.

Safety Requirements - Open burning, ceremonial bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.  A minimum of  one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum rating 4-A or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment (such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

Apply for a Burn Permit

If you want to apply for a permit or have questions about the process, please contact the Community Risk Reduction Division at (316) 268-4441.​