Recreational fires

Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are camp and cooking fires, backyard barbecues, chimneas and other patio warmers that burn charcoal, natural firewood, or manufactured logs and pellets. Recreational fires must be smaller than three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet high.

Recreational fires are limited to private property and designated areas on public lands on only green Home Wood Heating advisory days — recreational fires are prohibited on yellow and red advisory days. Check the current home wood heating advisory before lighting your fire.

While LRAPA’s rules allow recreational fires, Eugene City Code 6.200 prohibits recreational fires within the city limits of Eugene unless actively being used for the exclusive purpose of preparing food. Contact your local fire authority for enforcement of Eugene City Code 6.200.

Home Wood Heating - Enjoying an outdoor firepit

Prohibited Materials

LRAPA rules prohibit certain materials from being burned in recreational fires. Generally, dry firewood, manufactured presto-type logs and charcoal briquettes may be burned in recreational fires. Woody yard trimmings, grass clippings and leaves are not allowed to be burned, nor are other prohibited materials as defined by LRAPA rules.

The prohibited materials include but not limited to:

  • Animal remains
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Asphalts
  • Automobile parts
  • Garbage
  • Petroleum products
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Tires
  • Treated wood
  • Wire insulation