Guidelines for Fire Art

Fire Art
Fire Art - Photo courtesy of Beth Walker

All Flame Effects & Fire both mobile and stationary must adhere to the following guidelines:

A Flame Effect is defined as “the combustion of solids, liquids, or gases to produce thermal, physical, visual, or audible phenomena before an audience.”
All Flame Effects must be inspected by WonderLust FRT. Please fill out the application form at the bottom of this page in advance.

  • All Flame Effects must be constructed in such a way as to meet or exceed applicable laws, codes, and industry standards. See National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents (especially sections 54 and 58 referring to the LP Gas Codes & Section 160 (flame effects with live audience).
  • All flame effects must have a clearly visible FRT inspection tag in place. The tag must include the owner’s legal name, burn name, and the date and time the flame effect was inspected.
  • No flame effects, burn barrels, or portable fire pits shall be left unattended.
  • Flame effects, burn barrels, or portable fire pits must be extinguished at the request of any Event Organizer, Team Lead, Landowner, or FRT.
  • Anyone with flame effects should have an ABC fire extinguisher that is in date, openly accessible, and has been inspected by WonderLust FRT
  • Appropriate safe perimeters will be maintained at all times to prevent injury to participants. This is 1.5 times the height of the flame effect.
  • A 15’ zone around the flame effect must be free of any flammable materials such as but not limited to: cloth, paper, tents, plastic, etc
  • If winds pick up, all flame effects must be immediately extinguished. If your portable fire pit or burn barrel starts emitting sparks it must be immediately extinguished. All portable fire pits or burn barrels must have a screen mesh spark arrestor in place at all times.
  • To prevent land damage or tip over all fire pits or burn barrels must be securely anchored to the ground, and any hot surface must be at least 6” off the ground.
  • No flame effects or portable fire containers are allowed in wooded camping areas.
  • All LP-GAS containers shall be designed, fabricated, tested, and marked in accordance with the regulations of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) or the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
  • All liquid fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, white gas, diesel, etc., must be stored at least 30’ away from any flame, ignition, or radiant heat. They must be stored in well marked DOT approved containers.
  • LP-GAS flame effects must have a visible, exposed, and clearly marked 1/4-turn gas or WOG rated shut-off valve that when closed inhibits ALL fuel flow to the effect. This valve must be located directly after the regulator valve on the line from the fuel supply. Flared fittings and Gas or WOG rated fittings must be used throughout the device where gas is being held. No compression or basic water fittings will be allowed to hold gas.

Other Items of Note

The burning of art installations is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate ejection from the event.

Unattended fires will be extinguished. Unattended operational flame effects will be confiscated. Any repeat offense or any offense that is deemed a sufficient hazard will result in immediate ejection from the event.

Small Art Vehicles with flame effects:

  • Fire effects are not to be in use unless the vehicle is parked.
  • The shut off valve must be a ¼ turn gas or WOG rated valve, and it must be readily accessible and clearly labeled so that it can be reached quickly in the event of an emergency.
  • Your vehicle must have an up to date, inspected ABC fire extinguisher mounted on it.
  • All hoses must be installed on your vehicle away from any hot exhaust pipes or manifolds, and inside the perimeter of the vehicle to avoid the possibility of damage if a collision occurs with another vehicle or object.
  • No line or tank may be mounted in the seating area or in the floor of the vehicle where they may be negatively affected by passengers.
  • All flames exiting the device must be at least 7’ from the ground.

Specifically Banned Fire Items:

  • Tiki Torches
  • Fireworks - (Specifically anyone who sets off fireworks at the event faces immediate ejection from the event.)

Click Here to fill out the Fire Art Application Form

Fire Performance

Camps that host fire spinning circles must provide a well-marked 15+ foot diameter circle, preferably a led lighted ring. They must provide a fuel dump area, and the fuel dump location must be located at least 10 feet outside of the spinning circle. It must be sufficiently protected on three sides by plywood or sheet metal at least 24" high and secured to the ground. The opening must face away from the circle. It must be well marked, and there must be an ABC fire extinguisher visible and easily accessible. If the camp provides fuel, they must have a sober competent person manning the fuel dump to ensure that anyone that fuels from that dump has a safety, and that both parties are sober and cognitive. 

If the spinner brings their own fuel and their own safety to a camp provided fire performance area, then it is up to them to ensure that they are spinning safely. If any person sees someone light up outside of the spinning circle, or a person spinning without a safety, or that is visibly inebriated, or negligent, it is their responsibility to immediately command the spinner to stop spinning and extinguish the props. 

The safety for the spinner may be positioned inside the ring or just outside the ring per the comfort of the spinner, however the safety must be at the ring with a fire blanket and the safety must not be seated. The fire safety must have the blanket in their possession and either be kneeling or standing with their focus trained on the fire spinner with the blanket spread, at the ready. Every spinner must have their own safety and every spinning circle must have a CO2 or compressed nitrogen fire extinguisher accessible by the spinning circle in case of unintentional human ignition. 
Props are to only be lit inside of a safe designated spinning circle. DO NOT spin off in the grass. Fuel should be stored in a metal container that is sturdy and safe, and that can be used to knock excess fuel off of the prop (such as a metal ammo box). 

Each day a Fire Performers Safety Meeting will be held in the afternoon. Please check the final event schedule if you would like to spin fire at any point during the event. You should bring your props to be inspected and sign your waiver in order to receive a fire performers wristband to spin!

Do you also want to participate in Conclave on Saturday? Plan to attend one of these meetings. The Conclave leads will be checking in with people during this meetings to make sure everyone knows the plan and knows what they need to bring Saturday(a safety, as well as fuel, a prop that has already been inspected, and materials).

For Conclave also bring the person who has agreed to be your safety so that the lead knows you have one, and your safety knows when to show up.

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