"Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out." ~Henry Jackson Vandyke, Jr.
The Town of Gretna and the Gretna Volunteer Fire Department recognize how the addition of a backyard fire pit can add a wonderful outdoor space to your home and property! Fire pits are allowed and do require a set of standards designed for everyone's safety. Please review these guidelines and the Town Bylaw regarding your existing or the creation of a new fire pit.
1) No person shall set or start an outdoor fire within the Town of Gretna, unless it is done so in a fire-pit, constructed and used in accordance with this By-Law.
2) Outdoor fire pits may be constructed and used, for recreational purposes only, providing that:
a) the fire pit must be fully contained within heavy gauge steel, concrete or cinder blocks,
b) the walls of the fire pit must extend above grade level by a minimum of eight (8) inches;
c) the fire pit must be located a minimum of twenty-five (25) feet from any building and a minimum of fifteen (15) feet from any property line; and
d) when in use, the fire pit must be attended by a responsible adult person until the fire has been fully extinguished.
3) No person shall burn anything in a fire pit other than solid fuel products. Without limiting the generality of that prohibition, no person may burn garbage, recyclables, household waste, lawn clippings, leaves, or any other compostable material in a fire pit.
Please use your fire pit responsibly and according to the bylaw. Misuse outside the bylaw is punishable by fine.