Fire Marshal: Grilling OK during Fayetteville burn ban

Cooking on outdoor contained grills is allowed despite a citywide burn ban issued last week in Fayetteville.

The news came in a statement issued by city Fire Marshal Harley Hunt.

From the release:
“During the burn ban in Fayetteville, cooking on outdoor-contained grills (not open fire pits) will be allowed. However, the Fayetteville Fire Marshal urges extreme caution to be taken when using outdoor grills/barbeques. If a fire should occur as a result of the grill, the person(s) responsible will be held liable. The Fayetteville Fire Marshal’s Office strongly discourages grills being used in garages, workshops, and enclosed areas. No open fire pits will be allowed.”

Hunt offered the following precautions for anyone considering outdoor grilling:

  • Place grills on hard level surface at least 20-feet from any building
  • Have a garden hose available
  • If using on grass or lawn, wet the area prior to lighting
  • Let hot ashes/coals cool before handling
  • Leave ashes in the grill for 24 hours, place ashes/coals in metal container with water and stir, leave overnight
  • Do not place discarded ashes/coals near any buildings
  • Allow gas grills to cool two hours prior to placing them under coverings or inside for storage

All fireworks are prohibited under this burn ban with the exception of pre-permitted, professional firework displays such as the July 4 event at the Northwest Arkansas Mall.