Borough Hall will be closed on Friday, June 21 in observance of Juneteenth. Expect temporary road closures for the Spartan Spirit 5K on Saturday, June 22.

Bonfires, recreational fires, and outdoor fireplaces

If you are making a fire outside, you may need permits. Follow these guidelines to make sure your outdoor burning is safe.

For all outdoor burning, you should have at least 1 fire extinguisher, with a minimum of a 4A rating. If you don't have a fire extinguisher, you need other approved fire extinguishing equipment onsite, such as:

  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Water barrel
  • Garden hose
  • Water truck, available for using immediately

If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.


If you are planning to build a bonfire you will need 2 permits:

  • Fire safety permit from Somerville Fire Prevention
  • A permit from New Jersey Forest Fire Service - call (973) 786-6350


  • Bonfires need to be at least 50 feet from a structure or combustible material.
  • They cannot exceed 5 cubic feet in size.
  • You cannot burn them for more than 3 hours.
  • Use seasoned dry firewood only. You are not allowed us burn other materials.
  • Ignite your fire using a small quantity of paper.
  • You need to constantly attend your fire until until it is extinguished.

Outdoor recreational fires

If you are lighting an outdoor fire, like a campfire, you need a permit from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. Call them at (973) 786-6350.


  • Recreational fires cannot be within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material, unless they are in an approved container.
  • If they are in an approved container, they cannot be within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.
  • They cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Portable outdoor fireplaces

You don't need a permit for a portable outdoor fireplace.


  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not operate them within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.

Get help

Robert Lynn Jr.
Fire Marshal

(908) 725-2300
ext. 1967
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