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Fire Art

FLAME EFFECT is defined as “the combustion of solids, liquids, or gases to produce thermal, physical, visual, or audible phenomena before an audience”. This includes all flames that are automated, switched, pressurized or having any other action than simply being lit on fire; as well as projects using propane or other liquid or gaseous fuels. 

PYROTECHNICS refers to the art, craft and science of fireworks, which includes any explosives or projectiles. Fireworks and pyrotechnics are NOT permitted at the event. 

The Fire Art Safety Team (FAST) which is a subset of Fire Core, includes artists, fire safety volunteers, and people with professional experience, will assist you in the safe execution of Flame Effects, and/or Pyrotechnics in your art installation or theme camp.

The mission of the Fire Art Safety Team (FAST) is to provide experienced support for artists both pre-event and on-site, and to ensure the safe use of fire and flame effects at Firefly.

We require you to contact Fire Core BEFORE THE EVENT if you will be burning your art or using flame in your work.

Please use common sense and follow the guidelines in the Survival Guide. Do not hesitate to ask a member of FAST if you need a place for your work or performance.

Fire Performance

FIRE PERFORMANCE involves equipment or other objects made with one or more wicks which are dipped in fuel and spun by people in designated areas at the event. Please refer to the full fire safety policies for more information on fire spinning and Conclave. 

Fire performance is allowed only in pre-approved areas. These are determined before the event starts during work weekends. Every performer needs their own safety. Please make sure you are familiar with standard fire spinning safety rules (fueling up, spinning off, safetying, etc.), if you are not sure about anything please ask one of the on duty Fire volunteers, one of the Fire Leads (Bendy, Kosta, Seth), or attend one of the two Fire Safety meetings at the event.

FIRE Conclave

If you wish to be a part of the Fire Conclave before the Bug Burn there will be two brief Fire Safety meetings held during the event at Love & Lion’s Den on Thursday12-1pm and Diode on Friday 1-2pm.

Anyone wishing to perform as part of the fire conclave prior to the burning of the Bug (Friday night) must attend a Fire Safety meeting, and check-in with the  Fire Core.

We are always looking for more volunteers to safety during conclave – please contact Bendy at

Performance Safety

If you plan to safety or perform, please bring a towel that you do not mind wetting and possibly getting singed.  We require performers to spin off prior to performing. This is a leave no trace event. We must avoid leaving burn marks at the event site. A spin-off bucket will be provided for the burn.

The Flaming Lotus Girls have a really informative fire safety manual written by Les Young. Download their manual here. The NAFAA also has a safety guide.

Performance Supplies

Please bring your own fuel. Firefly will not be providing fuel at the event. If you do not want to bring fuel try to find a friendly Firefly to gift you fuel.  Firefly will make use of the two bucket system for white gas during the burn. The white gas fuel buckets will be provided by the fire team. If you plan on using another fuel please contact the Fire Core.

If you do not have your own poi, hoops, staffs, etc., you might be able to borrow them from a friendly Firefly. Please be considerate with other people’s equipment.

Fire Contact with Ground

Please be aware that Firefly takes place in a forest and any fire performance equipment that are on fire should never remain on the ground for long periods of time since this could cause a ground fire. Please spin off your fire spinning equipment correctly before lighting them on fire!

Fire Safety

OPEN FIRE is defined as non-pressurized flame, including setting fire to an art installation, large burn barrels, braziers, torches, large assemblies of candles and other simple uses of fire. This also includes the pre-approved fire pits at the event.

Tiki torches and other torch-style open fire devices are not allowed at the event.

Portable fire pits are allowed as long as they follow the rules below and are elevated off the ground as not to create a burn scar.

Fire Pits

Please share warmth and company at the community fire pits and at theme camps. Do not dig your own fire pit for a campfire.  Burn only wood from the forest in the campfires. No plastic, cardboard, paper, pressure-treated wood, or anything else. More info about trash burning in Vermont and specific items you shouldn’t burn and why

You are welcome to use camp stoves for cooking in your camping area, but ground fires are not permitted in the camping areas except in the established fire pits.

Fire pit guidelines: 

  • Fires need to be in an existing fire pit, surrounded by rocks and free of roots (root fires will put a damper on the event).
  • Clear at least 5 feet back from the fire pit of brush, leaves, and pine needles so sparks have nothing to jump to.
  • Each fire pit is to have at least 2 gallons of water and either a shovel or bucket of dirt handy at all times.
  • When there is a fire, at least one sober person needs to be supervising it.
  • If you see any unattended fire, please extinguish it or flag down a friendly Ranger to help.
  • All fires must be out and cold by noon on Sunday as that is when the event ends.


Please use common sense with generator use at firefly so that we do not pollute the soil or water. Spills and leaking gas can create a hazardous situation both to Firefly participants and to the forest. Gas fires are also very dangerous and can be difficult to put out, creating a high risk for forest fire.  If you have any questions at any time please find a Fire Core volunteer or a Ranger.

Generator guidelines:

  • All gas for generators must be stored more than 10″ from the generator, 50′ from a Fire Pit, and 50′ from a fire spinning area.
  • No generators should be placed in sleeping tents or inside sealed containers.
  • If you have spilled gas onto the ground please contact Fire Core immediately.
  • Do not leave generators running unnecessarily. If your art or camp does not need the power generated, please turn it off.
  • Do not turn off a generators that is not yours unless it’s an emergency.
  • Make a 4′ space around your generators that is clear of leaves and small sticks.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher within 15′ from your generator, in plain sight.
  • Tightly coiled extension cords with heavy loads can catch fire; you shouldn’t coil them next to your gas cans or generator.
  • Suggested extension cord gauges for load and distance:

Cord Length / Amps / Wire Gauge
25′ / 10 / 18
25′ / 13 / 16
25′ / 15 / 14
50′ / 5 / 18
50′ / 10 / 16
50′ / 15 / 14
75′ / 5 / 18
75′ / 10 / 16
75′ / 15 / 14
100′ / 5 / 16
100′ / 15 / 12


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