Fire Department

Burning Within City Limits

Burning is allowed in the city during certain times of the year and is determined by the Sumpter Volunteer Fire Department. To find out when fires are permitted [or not], a sign is posted outside the Fire Department at City Hall. The fire conditions signs are color coded to highlight the fire risk:

GREEN – ground fires and burn barrels are permitted.

YELLOW – ground fires are NOT permitted, however burn barrels with a screen are allowed. The area around the barrel must be cleared of combustible vegetation and debris.


During green and yellow fire conditions, you must be on site of all fires and possess the following: a burn permit issued by the city, a shovel or hoe, and a charged garden hose.

CAMPFIRES: only allowed during GREEN and YELLOW conditions. They must be contained within a pit or fire ring.