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Reservations are not issued for bonfires in fire rings in Saint Paul parks. Fire rings are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following parks: Como, Hidden Falls, Newell, and Phalen (on the island).

A fire ring is also available in the Crosby Shelter, which can be reserved during the picnic season with payment of the applicable permit fee. Application for permits must be made at least seven business days in advance of an event.


No permit is required from the Division of Parks and Recreation or the Fire Department for a bonfire on park property as long as the following requirements are met:

  • All recreational bonfires shall be in designated fire rings only.
  • Fuel area can be no larger than 3' in diameter and 2' high.
  • Cut fire wood permitted only. All other materials are prohibited including rubbish, paper products, construction materials, pallets, and processed wood.
  • Any condition which could cause a fire to spread to within 25' of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  • A means shall be provided to extinguish the fire. This can include buckets, shovels, garden hoses (if a water source is available), or a minimum 4-A fire extinguisher.
  • Fires shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the fire-extinguishing equipment provided.
  • Fires shall not be ignited if the wind speed is 10 mph or more.
  • Wood to be burned shall not be brought to site prior to an event.
  • All unused wood must be removed from park.

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