Recreational fires in Hopkins do not require a permit (except during a burning ban) if they meet the requirements below, set forth by the Department of Natural Resources, the State of Minnesota, and the City of Hopkins.
If you plan to have a fire that does not meet the above requirements, you must obtain a combination permit from the City of Hopkins and the DNR through the Hopkins Fire Marshal.
If you are concerned that neighbors might confuse your recreational fire with a destructive one and call 911, you may call the Hopkins Police and Fire Dispatcher at 952-938-8885 and tell them you are having a recreational fire. If a neighbor complains because of smoke or fear of the fire spreading, your fire will be considered a “Public Nuisance” and will need to be extinguished. Be a good neighbor. Keep your fire well away from the property line. Use only clean dry wood, don’t allow the fire to smolder, and keep it burning good and hot to minimize smoke.