Minneapolis should probably ban recreational fires given the air quality impacts. But folks have an affinity for “the cabin” and fire may actually be linked to the evolution of the human brain, so I understand the interest.
There are a number of rules governing recreational fires in Minneapolis, one being that a fire must be at least 25 feet from a structure or combustible material. Below is a map that identifies the parcels eligible for a recreational fire based on Minneapolis’ structure data.
This data has a glaringly gap: Minneapolis does not distribute (or even collect?) the location of fences. The myriad wooden fences in the city would further restrict open burning. Without fences in the analysis, 68 percent of parcels are allowed to have a fire.
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