Chapter 8.18
BONFIRES Revised 7/18


8.18.010    General.

8.18.020    Permit required. Revised 7/18

8.18.030    Notice.

8.18.040    Location.

8.18.050    Attendance.

8.18.060    Size and material.

8.18.070    Enforcement.

8.18.080    Violation – Penalty.

8.18.010 General.

A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with this chapter. (Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))

8.18.020 Permit required. Revised 7/18

A. A permit shall be obtained from the city of Utqiaġvik prior to kindling a fire for a bonfire. An application for a bonfire shall be submitted in writing at least three days before the fire is set and shall be in such form and contain such information as required by the city of Utqiaġvik. There is no fee required in order to obtain a permit from the city.

B. All permits shall be requested by and issued to the person that has been designated as the sponsor and responsible person for the safety of the bonfire area. The designated sponsor must be at least eighteen years of age. (Ord. 02-2017 §2(part); Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))

8.18.030 Notice.

On the day of the bonfire, the sponsor identified on the permit shall contact the North Slope Borough fire department in advance identifying the location and the time of the bonfire. (Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))

8.18.040 Location.

A. Unless otherwise approved by the mayor for special events, the location for a bonfire shall only be on the beach in a specific location that is predesignated by the city and marked with signs. Under no circumstances shall bonfires be permitted in residential areas or within fifty feet of any structure.

B. Bonfires are not permitted if prevailing wind is blowing toward residential areas, even if a permit allowing the bonfire has been issued. (Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))

8.18.050 Attendance.

A. All bonfires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating 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.

B. After completion of the celebration, the bonfire must be completely extinguished and a fire watch must be provided for a sufficient amount of time to ensure that the fire does not rekindle.

C. All trash from the bonfire area must be removed and cleared within twenty-four hours after the bonfire has been extinguished. An authorized city employee will check the area the day following the bonfire and will notify the sponsor of any additional cleanup needed. (Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))

8.18.060 Size and material.

A. A bonfire shall not be more than ten feet in diameter and shall not burn longer than four hours.

B. Materials for bonfires shall consist of dry material only. The use of wood pallets is permitted only if all nails are removed from the area after the fire has been extinguished and cooled.

C. The fire shall not be utilized for waste disposal purposes, and the fuel shall be chosen to minimize the generation of air contaminants.

D. Using accelerants (oil, waste oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, etc.) to either start, accelerate, or prolong the burn is prohibited. (Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))

8.18.070 Enforcement.

Authority is granted to the North Slope Borough public safety officers to enforce this chapter. (Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))

8.18.080 Violation – Penalty.

Violation of this chapter is an infraction punishable by a fine of up to three hundred dollars. (Ord. 03-2011 §2(part))