Hornell Fire Chief Brzozowski Rules On Recreational Fires

April 19, 2019

HORNELL, NY – Statement From Fire Chief Frank Brzozowski on Recreational Fires Within Hornell City Limits

. With the arrival of warmer weather and the availability of outdoor fireplaces, more and more residents are spending time in their backyard around a campfire or barbeque.
It is important to remember that although the City of Hornell does allow recreational fires, there are regulations; to ensure public safety and that the fire or smoke does not become offensive to other residents of the neighborhood.

Guidelines regarding recreational fires within the City limits are as follows:

 The fire must be contained in a chimney-type fireplace or fire pit with a spark arresting cover.
 No fire shall be more than 2 feet in height
 The fire must be a minimum of 15 feet away from any combustible fence or structure.
 Fires must consist of either charcoal or untreated, seasoned, dry, wood (wet wood, fresh cut wood, painted or stained wood creates smoky conditions and should not be used.)
 There is absolutely no burning of garbage, paper, trash, yard waste, or construction debris.
 There must be a means of extinguishment readily available such as a garden hose, 4A rated fire extinguisher, or pile of dirt or sand with a shovel.
 The Fire must be constantly attended by competent adult supervision until fire is extinguished.
 If the fire becomes offensive or objectionable to the neighbors due to smoke, odor, health concerns, or a hazardous condition, we will ask you to extinguish the fire.

The Fire Department is called often to check on outdoor fires by neighbors who are bothered by the smoke or odor from the fire. Even if all the other conditions above are met; if the smoke is bothering another resident we are going to ask for the fire to be extinguished. We must be considerate to our neighbors as must many residences have underlying medical conditions such as asthma and COPD in the fresh air community we live in we must all be allowed to enjoy our summer.

Thank you

Frank Brzozowski
Fire Chief, City of Hornell