Fire and Safety Policy 2017

There are a couple points to add: No fireworks of any kind are allowed. This is an offense that will get you removed from site immediately.
No mobile forms of fire are allowed. Even gas lanterns need to be in a static location.
The Constable staff’s word is law. If we feel that your fire is unsafe, do not argue. Fix it.
Anyone caught with a fire that is not permitted will have it put out, and will go the rest of that night without fire. If it happens again, your camp will be required to leaveAll fire pits, torches, and open flame sources must be inspected by one of the constables. Propane cook stoves set on a safe raised surface are usually fine and do not need inspection.

To get your fire inspected, set up your firepit or torches where they are going to stay, and set up the structures that will be nearby. Get your extinguishing supplies out and set them up nearby. They will need to stay there, the roving constables will be performing spot checks to make sure you have them nearby and visible. Once these are in place, seek out the local block constable or fire marshal, and they will come write a permit for your camp.

The rules for fire devices are as follows:
a. Must be 18 inches from the ground to the bottom of the pit containing fire, or 12 inches if there is a separate heat shield between the ground and the pit.
b. The fire pit should be stable. If it is not tall enough on its own legs, it must be elevated safely by putting it on something solid, like cinder block.
c. The fire must not be under anything, such as a tree or pavilion.
d. The area surrounding the fire should be clear of flammable debris.
e. You must have two extinguishing devices or methods within easy sight of the fire. These can include any combination of the below:
1. Dry chemical fire extinguisher
2. Bucket of water
3. Bucket of sand
4. Non-flammable cover
5. Shovel
Fires must be attended at all times. Unattended fires will be put out, and your fire permit will be pulled for the remainder of the weekend.

Torches and lanterns must be securely mounted. This means free-standing wooden tiki torches are not enough by themselves, as the ground on site will not hold them up. A “portable hole” or piece of rebar pounded into the ground and tied to the torch is usually enough. If must withstand a light kick or trip as a test.

Fire performers of any type must speak to the Fire Marshal Riggs Wild or one of his designated marshals for a performance permit. Please be prepared to show your props and safety gear at that time. The Fire Marshal will inspect your equipment and performance area to ensure there are no hazards to performers or audience. They will have a list of regulations handy to go over with you and soon we hope to have them posted.

I have been in contact with the Fire Department already. So far things are looking good thanks to the rainfall we have been getting. I will endeavor to inform you all of any changes should they arise.

Yours in Service,
Owen MacPhearson
Constable in Charge