Are you allowed to burn trash and branches or have campfires in Hutchinson?

You are not allowed to burn trash within the city limits of Hutchinson. You may however burn non dimensional wood such as downed branches and tree trimmings. You are also allowed to have recreational and ceremonial fires as long as they adhere to the following burn regulations.

Recreational Fires

  • No permit needed for recreational fires. (campfire, cooking hot dogs or marshmallows, religious ceremonies)
  • Recreational fires must be at least 25 ft. away from structures.
  • The size of a recreational fire is defined as being no bigger than 3 ft. or less in diameter and 2 ft. or less in height.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces must be at least 15 ft. away from structures.
  • Must have a means to extinguish the fire readily accessible. Extinguisher, garden hose, dirt, sand, and shovels to spread the dirt and sand.
  • Must always be attended and never left to burn on its own in case it needs to be extinguished quickly.
  • No burning, open or recreational, when atmospheric conditions or local conditions, known commonly as “red flag” days would make it hazardous to burn.

Open Burning Permit

Open Burning and Recreational Fires Laws Section 307 of the International Fire Code:

  • And individual must call for a burn permit to be issued for open burning, bonfires, or for the purpose of silvicultural or range or wildlife management. (burning downed branches, leaves, grass clippings, to burn off a spot for a garden etc.)
  • An open burn pile must be at least 50 ft. away from structures.
  • No burning, open or recreational, when atmospheric conditions or local conditions, known commonly as “red flag” days would make it hazardous to burn.

 Fire District #2 Residents: See Reno County Burn requirements

For further information please call the Community Risk Reduction Division at 620-694-2874

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1. How do I get information about the Youth Fire setter Program?
2. Are you allowed to burn trash and branches or have campfires in Hutchinson?
3. How can I get a smoke detector from the Fire Department? Will you change the batteries?
4. When should I replace my smoke detector and or carbon monoxide detector?
5. Do I need a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?
6. What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?
7. How can I get a home safety inspection or a home daycare inspection?
8. Can my family/group tour the fire station?
9. Should I have a “Fire Escape Plan” for my family?
10. How Many Fire stations are in Hutchinson?
11. What is an ISO rating?
12. What is the Hutchinson Fire Department ISO rating?
13. Should I call 911 for a fire that I put out?
14. Why do your fire trucks use lights and sirens, even in the middle of the night when there is limited traffic?
15. Why does a fire truck come when I call 911 for a medical emergency?
16. I saw a City of Hutchinson fire truck at a local grocery store and a firefighter shopping for food, why do firefighters use fire trucks for non-emergency purposes while they are on duty?
17. Why do you send so many fire vehicles to a fire, especially a small fire?
18. How can I get a copy of a fire incident of fire investigation report?
19. How do I become a Hutchinson Firefighter?