Bon Fires

Except as hereinafter provided no person, department or organization shall light, ignite, start, allow or cause to be lighted, ignited or started, a fire of any kind whatsoever in the open air, on the premises of Florida International University.
The Department of Environmental Health & Safety Services shall issue bonfire permit for open air burning for special occasions. No person, department or organization, to whom a bonfire permit has been issued, shall discharge, permit or allow to be discharged any smoke or fumes such as to cause nuisance or health and safety hazard for the University or the surrounding community.

These requirements do not apply to:

  • Small confined fires used for cooking foods on grills and barbecue                            
  • Fire Extinguisher training
  • "The Flame"

Bonfire Guidelines

In addition to the requirements of the FIU - EH&S bonfire permit, the following safety guidelines shall also apply:
  • Notify the department of Environmental Health & Safety of your intention to hold a bonfire event.
  • Notify Facilities Management, at (305) 348-4600, of your intent and the location under consideration for the bonfire event
  • Schedule site visit with Environmental Health & Safety and Facilities Management.
  • Obtain burn permits from the Metro Dade fire department when required. Note there are times during drought conditions that burn permits will not be issues. Please check with fire department
  • Bonfires cannot include: building materials, flammable materials, waste oil, plastics, hazardous materials or general trash. Permits generally shall only be issued to include use of materials such as pallets, shrubbery or other natural materials. bonfire.jpg

  • Open Burning / Bonfires shall not be permitted within 50 feet of any structure.
  • Absolutely no burning or smoldering materials shall be left unattended for the duration of or after the planned event.
  • All permitted burns shall be attended at all times by individuals appropriately trained to respond and/or notify emergency response crews.
  • Keep young children a safe distance away from any permitted burn.
  • Be aware that dry conditions can promote grass fires. Please call FIU Public Safety at 5911 if you see a grass fire.
  • Bonfire burn areas should not exceed 10 feet by 10 feet.
  • Bonfire shall be roped off 25 feet from the edge of the fire for crowd control.
  • Bonfire will not be ignited if winds exceed 14 MPH.
  • Fire prevention control equipment required at the site shall, at minimum include:
    • 2 buckets of sand
    • 2 fire extinguishers
    • 2 shovels
  • If possible a water hose connected to a water source
  • Communication devices shall be available on site to provide for emergency notification as may be required.
  • The area use for the bonfire shall be properly cleaned of all debris and appropriately restored to an acceptable condition.
If you have already been issued a permit to conduct an open fire it is now YOUR responsibility to comply with all applicable fire safety code and air quality regulations. The purpose of this information is to heighten awareness regarding the rules and restrictions that apply to open burning and to answer some basic questions. This in no way covers all codes and regulations, for additional information please contact EH &S at (305) 348-2621
To apply for a bonfire permit please download the application, complete it and return to EH&S at least 14 days before the event. To download the application click here.