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Recreational fires is defined as “an occasional burning of fuels for legitimate campfire, recreational or cooking purpose.”  A recreational fire must be contained in a fire safe vessel, pit, fire ring or a device designed for such use provided that:   a) Burning for the purpose of campfires, recreation and cooking shall be limited to untreated dry wood, which does not exceed 22 inches in length and 11 inches in diameter;   b) Such fires are completely extinguished by midnight and not re-ignited until 6:00 a.m. the following morning;   c) Burning shall not be within 10 feet of any structure and shall be in a safe area where it will not constitute a fire hazard to any structure, trees, vegetation or undergrowth;   d) The fire at all times must be monitored and attended by an adult of at least 18 years of age until the fire is extinguished; and,   e) Buckets, shovels, garden hoses or fire extinguishers [...]

Burning of materials grown on the property which is the site of open burning, such as leaves, tree limbs, or branches and bushes, may be burned only during the months of April (April 1st – 30th) and November (November 1st – 30th) of each year from sun up to 9:00 p.m. All open burning must be attended to at all times, and be controlled burns with safety precautions present such as a fire extinguisher, garden hose, etc.

Outside of open burning months, all yard waste must be removed through garbage collection services by placing your yard waste in an approved container marked with an “X”, using recyclable yard waste bags, or by bundling your sticks and limbs into 3-5 feet bundles. (

On Sunday, October 16 from 12:00pm to 3:00 pm, come visit with your North Park firefighters and get a chance to learn fire safety best practices, see our apparatus equipment and more!

North Park Fire Department
2191 Harlem Road
Loves Park, IL

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