The City of Caledonia would like to remind its residents to be sure that your fire pit is up to City Code standards before putting them to use. Listed below is the Caledonia City Code regarding fire pits and open burning restrictions. If you have any additional questions regarding fire pits, please contact our Public Works & Zoning Director, Casey Klug at (507) 725-3462.


No person shall allow, cause, or permit open burning, except that open burning is permitted in the following circumstances:

(A)  Disaster rubbish. The open burning of rubbish, including landscape waste, for the duration of the community disaster period in cases where an officially declared emergency condition exists.

(B)  Recreational fires. Open fires for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies, provided the fire has a total fuel area of two feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height. Fuel is limited to clear wood (no chemicals or additives) or charcoal. Recreational fires cannot be conducted within ten feet of a structure or combustible material, unless contained in an enclosed barbecue grill or a commercially manufactured patio burner, which has legs elevating the unit off the ground and has the burning area completely enclosed with screen. Recreational fires must be fully extinguished by 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and shall not burn between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

(C)  Training fires. Fires set for the purpose of bona fide training of public or industrial employees in fire fighting methods, provided that the training fires are conducted in compliance with rules established by the State Department of Natural Resources.

(D)  Variance. Any person wishing to conduct open burning of materials not permitted herein may make application for a variance to the Fire Chief.

(E)  The storage of gasoline in overhead farm-type storage tanks is prohibited in all areas, except those zoned agricultural and except in the agricultural districts, it is prohibited to keep in above ground storage more than 15 gallons of gasoline. No more than five gallons of gasoline shall be kept in private garages or other buildings attached to resident dwellings in the city.

(F)  All gasoline storage containers shall be constructed of materials marked of a color consistent with laws, rules, and regulations of the state thereunto appertaining.

(G)  All state, county and local burn bans will supersede this section.