Outdoor Burning

Open Burning

Outdoor burning is not allowed in the City of Seabrook. Outdoor burning encompasses the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush, and other yard trimmings. It is also the burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation.

Fires for Recreation, Ceremonies, Cooking, or Warmth

Outdoor burning is allowed when used solely for recreational or ceremonial purposes, in the noncommercial preparation of food, or exclusively as a means of generating warmth in cold weather. In other words, small campfires that are inside of a fire-ring which is designed for fire and cooking fires are allowed.

Fires built under this exception may not contain electrical insulation, treated lumber, plastics, and construction or demolition materials not made of wood, heavy oils, asphaltic materials, potentially explosive materials, chemical wastes, or items containing natural or synthetic rubber. In addition, the burning must not cause a nuisance to surrounding people, properties, and/or roadways.

Recreational Burning & Outdoor Fire Pit Guidelines

  • Outdoor recreational burning is allowed at single-family dwellings only when contained within a manufactured, portable outdoor fire pit; outside fireplace; or in a chimenea. All wood-burning appliances shall include a screen or spark arrestor design feature. A permit is not required for these devices. Fire pits constructed to be non-portable are not allowed unless approved before construction by the Seabrook Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Clearance from structures and fencing shall be at least 25 feet; distances to property lines shall be at least 15 feet. The size of the wood pile is limited to 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height. The ground within five (5) feet of the base of the fire shall be cleared of all combustible materials, such as grass or weeds.
  • The length of burn time of the fire must be reasonable so as not to disturb neighbors. Operators shall not allow the fire to produce noxious smoke.
  • The burning of rubbish, trash, construction materials, yard debris, leaves, or recyclable materials is strictly prohibited. Only clean, dry wood may be burned. 
  • A responsible, non-impaired adult shall be present and monitor the burning until the fire is extinguished (i.e. out cold) and provide a means for rapid fire extinguishment such as a portable fire extinguisher, water from a garden hose, or a shovel and dirt or sand.
  • Burning is not allowed when winds are above 10 miles per hour or during prolonged periods of low, relative humidity.
  • Outdoor wood-burning appliances shall be maintained in good repair at all times and situated on cleared, level ground so that the appliance cannot tip over.
  • The Seabrook Fire Department is authorized to order the extinguishment of any Open Burning if the smoke emissions are offensive to other local occupants, or if safety guidelines are not followed. 
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