Open burning is allowed within the boundaries of the Monarch Fire Protection District under certain conditions.
Bonfire. An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes with a fuel area larger than that of a recreational fire. A permit is required for a bonfire.
Bonfires shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material.
Recreational Fire. An outdoor fire with a 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. A permit is required for a recreational fire.
Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.
Portable Outdoor Fireplaces. 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. A permit is not required for portable outdoor fireplaces or their use.
Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one- and two-family dwellings – however, it is recommended that the 15-foot distance be applied there also.
Bonfire and/or Recreational Fire Permit.
Please provide a written request for the bonfire to the Fire Marshal at least 5 days prior to the event. The written request may be mailed or delivered to the Fire Prevention Bureau at 13725 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The written request should include the date, time, address of the bonfire, and the name and telephone number of a responsible adult who will be on-site for the duration of the burning. Once the request has been received, an on-site inspection will be scheduled. If conditions meet the requirements for the fire, an approval letter will be issued to the applicant.
There is no fee for this permit.
Be aware that your bonfire or recreational fire permit is conditional upon acceptable weather conditions. Your permit may be denied or revoked due to extreme dry or windy conditions. Since weather conditions may be varied in different areas within the Monarch Fire Protection District, it is your responsibility to monitor the conditions at the location of your planned fire, and take appropriate actions to ensure that the fire will not spread beyond its intended limits.
Additional requirements for the bonfires and recreational fires:
- Fuel shall consist only of dry seasoned wood and shall be ignited using paper and kindling. No flammable liquids such as gasoline shall be used to light the fire.
- All additional fuel shall be stored at least 25 feet from the fire.
- Grass and weeds shall be cut and raked for not less than 25 feet from the fire.
- The fire shall be constantly attended, by an adult until it is extinguished.
- A garden hose or other means of extinguishment shall be readily available to extinguish the fire, especially if it should start to spread or become a danger.
- You will need to notify the Fire District emergency dispatch agency before lighting the fire and again after it has been extinguished. The applicable telephone numbers will be given to you with the permit approval letter.