Chilton, Wisconsin

Are recreational fires allowed in Chilton?

Short answer is yes, but there is regulations. Below is the city ordinance concerning recreational files.



(1)  INTENT.  The intent of this section is to establish guidelines for the use and construction of recreational fires and outdoor cooking apparatuses.




(a)  Recreational Fire - Any fire such as a campfire or cooking fire, fire pit or portable fire container for the purpose of recreational and personal enjoyment.


(b)  Outdoor cooking apparatus - A charcoal grill, gas grill, smoker, camping stove or similar apparatus designed exclusively for the cooking of food. 


(c)  Structure.  (Structure is defined in Municipal Code Chapter 16.03 (2) (bz) 

Anything erected, the use of which requires more or less permanent location on the ground; or attached to something having a permanent location on the ground.  This shall include signs.


(3)  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.  Recreational fires shall comply with the following requirements:


                (a)  No recreational fire shall be closer than twenty (20) feet from any structure.


                (b)  No recreational fire shall be in an area larger than 42 inches by 42 inches.


                (c)  Any pit used for a recreational fire shall have a minimum depth of 10 inches and shall be covered when not in use.  This pit shall be surrounded on the outside by a noncombustible material such as concrete block or rock for a 12-inch width all around the perimeter.


                (d)  All recreational fires shall be contained within the pit or other container in which the combustible material is located.


                (e)  All recreational fires shall be supervised at all times by at least one person who age is 16 years or older.  If not supervised, such recreational fire must be extinguished.


                (f)  Combustible material used in recreational fires shall not include rubbish, garbage, treated wood, hazardous materials, flammable or combustible liquids, vinyl, plastic or rubber materials.


(g)  Police Personnel shall have the right to require any fire to be immediately extinguished if the smoke is offensive to surrounding residents or creates a hazardous condition.


(h)  Recreational fires utilizing a portable fire container shall be located on the ground, asphalt, concrete, gravel and paver bricks.


(i)  Recreational fires are permitted between the hours of

                                1:00 PM to 10:00 PM         Sunday – Thursday           

                                1:00 PM to midnight           Friday and Saturday            

                                Any day/evening preceding a federal holiday: 1:00 PM to midnight



                The requirements described in section (3) for recreational fires shall not apply to any outdoor cooking apparatus.  Such apparatus shall only be used outdoors at ground level.


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