Burning Permits are required by city ordinance at all times within the city limits of Cloquet. Other areas require a burning permit except when there is more than 3 inches of snow on the ground. The Cloquet Area Fire District no longer administers burning permits. You may obtain burning permits from the Cloquet Area DNR Office, or purchase permits online at the DNR open burning permit online service.


Recreational fires are allowed without a burning permit within the Cloquet Area Fire District under the restrictions of the International Fire Code.

The International Fire Code (IFC), section 302.1 defines a recreational fire as "An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned ... has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 3 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes."

IFC section 307.2.2 states "Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable due to smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited." Officials are authorized to order the extinguishment of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

"Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition." (IFC section 307.3.2)

"Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher ... or other approved on site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck shall be available for immediate utilization." (IFC section 307.4)

For more information, visit the Mn DNR Burning Permit Information Website or contact the Cloquet Area DNR Forestry Office:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
1604 South Hwy 33
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0880, ext. 221

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

District Fire Chief

Kevin M. Schroeder