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Guidelines for Outdoor Recreational Campfires in the City of Summerside

Published on Wednesday August 19th, 2015

~ by Fire Department

The City of Summerside would like to remind everyone that small recreational backyard campfires are allowed within city limits if authorized by the landowner.  However there are guidelines that need to be followed to ensure that we all enjoy a safe campfire experience, without adversely affecting the health of our community, or the ability of our neighbours to enjoy their properties.


  • In ground fire pits should have a non-combustible base and a surrounding made of some combination of metal, rock and sand  
  • Outdoor fireplaces with built in chimneys made of non-combustible materials such as metal, brick or cement shall be maintained in a safe condition with spark screens ½ inch in size or less in use at all times
  • Campfires should be 25 feet from any building and 10 feet from any shrubbery, fence, deck, over hanging trees, or any other combustible material
  • Make sure that campfires are no larger than 2 feet wide by 2 feet long by 2 feet high
  • Ensure that the campfire is fuelled by clean dry firewood or briquettes only
  • Do not burn any garbage, plastics, rubber, asphalt shingles, treated wood or similar materials in campfires as these products release chemicals that are toxic to you and your neighbours.
  • All campfires should be supervised at all times by a responsible and competent person 18 years of age or older who is capable of fighting fire.
  • A garden hose connected to a water supply or other reasonable means to control the fire is to be readily available from the time the campfire is lit until it is fully extinguished
  • No campfires shall be allowed to produce any thick dense smoke that affects surrounding neighbours
  • Campfires are not to be lit during winds over 20 Kms per hour.
  • Do not have any campfires if the forest fire index for the Central-Southeastern zone reaches high or above. This information can be found at the following link
  • Campfires are to be extinguished immediately upon order from any City of Summerside Fire Officer
  • The fire should be completely extinguished and soaked to stop re-ignition before it becomes unsupervised.
  • When your campfire goes past 11 pm remember to please keep the noise down out of respect for your neighbors.
  • If a campfire gets out of control call 911 immediately for assistance.

Through these guidelines the City of Summerside hopes residents will continue to enjoy safe backyard campfire experiences in our community for many years to come.