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How to avoid problems with bonfires

You can have a bonfire in your garden as long as it’s not causing a problem for your neighbours. There are no smoke-free zones in the Broadland district.

Tips to avoid problems:

  • only burn dry wood (wet wood gives off more smoke)
  • never burn household rubbish or rubber tyres, or use oil to light the fire
  • avoid lighting a bonfire on damp days (smoke is more likely to hang in the air)
  • be careful of wind direction - make sure smoke isn’t blowing over other people’s property
  • avoid having a bonfire on a weekend or bank holiday when people want to enjoy their gardens
  • never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder - douse it with water if necessary