DEFINITIONS (as written in 2012
International Fire Code):
OUTDOOR FIREPLACE: A portable, outdoor,
solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay
or other noncombustible material. A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in
design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or
chimney opening in the top. 2012 IFC, 202.
FIRE: An outdoor fire burning materials
other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an
incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or
barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet
or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or
similar purposes. 2012 IFC, 202.
The Cheney Fire Department has
developed the following policy using the International Fire Code as adopted by
the City of Cheney for the basis of the policy.
1. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall
not be operated within 15 feet of a structure, property line or combustible
2. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall
not be used on a combustible deck..
3. Recreational fires must be
enclosed by some noncombustible fire ring at least 1 foot in height above the
ground and shall not be constructed within 25 feet of a structure, property
line or combustible materials.
4. Outdoor fireplaces, other than
portable, must be constructed of noncombustible materials and shall not be
constructed within 15 feet of a structure, property line or combustible
materials unless constructed under the provisions of the International
5. Outdoor fires that are offensive
or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or
local circumstances make such fire hazardous shall be prohibited.
6. Combustible materials which could
cause a fire to spread shall be eliminated or at least mowed short in the
immediate area prior to ignition.
7. Ashes shall be discarded in a
noncombustible container and kept outside of any structure.
8. Only charcoal or clean, dry and
seasoned firewood can be used for fuel. Firewood can be a maximum of 2 feet
9. Do not use flammable and
combustible fluids such as gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel, kerosene or charcoal
fluid to light and relight fires.
10. Trash, garbage, leaves, asphalt,
petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper, cardboard,
treated wood, construction debris, metal or any substance that normally
releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or obnoxious odors when burned shall not
be used as fuel.
11. While a fire is burning or
smoldering it must be attended at all times.
12. Buckets, shovels, garden hose or
a fire extinguisher with a 4A or greater rating shall be readily available for
use while a fire is burning or smoldering.
13. Burn bans by the State of
Kansas, Sedgwick county, or the City of Cheney shall be strictly enforced.
This policy is in effect for the
City of Cheney.
Adopted this 16th day of