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Bonfire Policy and Authorization Form

Procedures:  Registered student organizations requesting permission for a fire must complete the application form and receive approval a minimum of five (5) working days in advance of the requested date.  Notification of approval will be confirmed via e-mail.


  • The only location for fire events is in the Dining Hall patio/courtyard (stone pit only). Only wood may be burned.
  • Organizations must bring their own wood supply (if wood is available from a campus source, you will be notified with your confirmation email).
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • The sponsoring organization will be responsible for lighting, monitoring, extinguishing, and clean up and the bonfire must be completely extinguished before the organization leaves the site. 
  • Bonfires may not be larger than 3 feet x 3 feet.  Large bonfires will only be approved for major campus events (ie. Homecoming.) Large Bonfires (wood piled more than 3 feet high) will require local fire department to be on location at the fire to insure safety.
  • Wood may only be prepared immediately before lighting. Newspaper and lighter fluid may only be used to start fire.  NOTE:  Please follow instructions on can if using lighter fluid. The fire must not contain treated wood, plastics or rubber.
  • The fire may not exceed three hours burning time.
  • A fire extinguisher is available when you check-in for your event at the South Hall Front Desk the day of the event for use only in case of emergency. Call 911 or Security Services at 616-554-5041 or 616-446-7098 in case of emergency.
  • Music at the bonfire is permitted as long as it does not bother area residents.
  • Hours for fires are between 6:00 PM -11:00 PM. 
  • The Caledonia Township Fire Department will make final approval in regards to weather conditions. Events may be cancelled at the last minute if conditions are not safe.
Your request must be submitted no later than 5 business days before the date of your event.
Fire hours are between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Fire hours are between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.