Fire Department Fire Guidelines
The La Mesa Fire Department Fire Prevention office receives many calls regarding the use of recreational fires. Recreational fires are permitted within the following guidelines.
Must be located 25 feet from a structure or combustible material (fences, low hanging trees, etc.)
Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be removed
Must be on the resident's property, not allowed on or near the sidewalk, or in the public right of way
Must be in an approved container (see below)
Fire Extinguishing Equipment
A fire extinguisher (minimum of 4A rating), garden hose, or shovel shall be readily available for use
The fire shall be attended by an adult at all times
The adult shall be knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishing equipment
The attendant shall supervise the fire until it has been extinguished
Generally, fire pits, and chimneas purchased from stores are acceptable
No washing machine tubs, open topped BBQ style, or in-ground pits
Metal, ceramic, brick, etc. (non-combustible)
Must have a solid top and bottom with legs to keep it off the ground
Spark arrester must be constructed of iron, heavy wire mesh, or other non-combustible material with openings not larger than 1/2 inches
Spark arrester or screen required on the top and/or sides
Clean wood or Presto type logs
Fuel must be completely contained within the fire pit, chimnea, etc.
Fuel is not allowed to stick out of the top, rest on the edge (from side to side), etc.
Painted, stained, and/or treated wood
Tree and/or brush trimmings
The Fire Department is authorized to immediately shut down recreational fires if the fires are determined to constitute a hazardous condition.