As winter looms and COVID rages on, Burlington considers allowing outdoor fires

Shaniqua Juliano

COVID-19 makes indoor gatherings more difficult, typically a viable solution to weathering Vermont winters. Now Burlington’s City Council is considering a resolution to allow outdoor fires in the upcoming months. © Solo Stove 8 popular fire pits that are perfect for the end-of-summer Finding pandemic-safe past times has been relatively easy […]

COVID-19 makes indoor gatherings more difficult, typically a viable solution to weathering Vermont winters. Now Burlington’s City Council is considering a resolution to allow outdoor fires in the upcoming months.



8 popular fire pits that are perfect for the end-of-summer


© Solo Stove
8 popular fire pits that are perfect for the end-of-summer

Finding pandemic-safe past times has been relatively easy in a state like Vermont, where the environment is conducive to hiking, camping, activities on the lake and more. But colder months ahead will render many of these activities more difficult, if not impossible, for some.

A Twitter user asked on Sept. 23 if the city could approve backyard fire pits, a move that would establish relative middle ground between COVID-19 and winter. 

City ordinances currently prohibit the public from building outdoor fires without a written permit. 

“No person shall build an outside fire, open or contained in an incinerator, fireplace or other receptacle, or permit the same to remain burning at any time in the city without obtaining a written permit from the chief of the fire department, a deputy chief or one (1) of the fire wardens of the city, except upon the terms and conditions of such permit.”

More: Planning on warm campfires this fall? Here’s what to know about Burlington city rules

City Councilor Joan Shannon, D-South District, responded to the inquiry and indicated past discussions involved a no from the city’s Fire Department, “but times have changed.” Shannon gave an update Thursday morning to announce a resolution set for Monday’s agenda that would enable a seasonal permit process for “Covid Fires.” 

“There will be safety criteria to meet but it creates the possibility of safe social warming,” she wrote of the contained outdoor fires, with a period ranging from the start of November through the end of April.  

The resolution can be read in its entirety below. 

Contact Maleeha Syed at [email protected] or 802-495-6595. Follow her on Twitter @MaleehaSyed89

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