This document lists the requirements and guidelines for planned art burns including Effigy and Temple. It applies to any sculpture/structure to be burned – basically anything larger than a burn barrel, portable fire pit, chimenea, etc (rules for those can be found in the Fire section of the web site). If you have any questions, get in touch with the Fire Art Safety Team –

General Information

There will be three predetermined burn sites at Hyperborea 2019. Two sites will be occupied by the effigy and the temple, and the third is available for projects. Depending on how many burning pieces there are, your project might burn at the same time as other projects on the burn site. If your project is transportable you can also burn it on the effigy burn site once it has burned.

Topsoil will be removed from the burn sites to create the burn pad. This is the only place you can burn anything directly on the ground. Note that fireworks and pyrotechnics are not permitted at the event.

You must submit a detailed Burn Plan to FAST for approval before the event. At the event the FAST Officer of the Day or someone they designate will inspect your project before preparation starts and once it’s complete and will give the final go-ahead for ignition. You will be required to staff a perimeter for your burn (except effigy and temple). The absolute minimum safe perimeter distance is 1.5x height from the edge of the structure but may increase depending on the characteristics of the project, the weather, and fuel to be used.

Prohibited Materials

The following materials must not be used in the construction of your project, or they must be removed before the burn:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper mache
  • ⅛” or ¼” plywood (must be ⅜” or thicker)
  • Plywood with a veneer layer
  • OSB
  • MDF
  • Shims
  • Plastic
  • Wool and leather
  • Natural or synthetic fabric
  • Anything likely to create large flying embers

Burn Plan

Your Burn Plan is a complete description of your artwork and how it will be burned. It should be as detailed and precise as possible. It should include at a minimum:

  • Drawings/diagrams of the piece with dimensions (photos/video too if available)
  • A site plan showing perimeter and locations of safety equipment
  • Materials & construction
  • Burn shield to protect ground from burn scar (only applicable if not burning on ground)
  • Performance elements, if any
  • What preparation will be made for the burn:
    • Objects to be removed from the structure before burning
    • Structural hobbling to encourage the structure to fall in a particular way
    • Fuel to be added such as cordwood
    • Accelerants to be used, how they will be applied, and the safety protocols your crew will follow during application
    • Special effects materials to be used
    • How the burn will be ignited
  • Burn timeline:
    • When each of the above preparations will occur
    • When perimeter will be in place
    • When performance will happen, if applicable
  • Inclement weather plan, in case the burn must be postponed after accelerants have been added
  • Hazard mitigation after the structure falls:
    • Overnight monitoring
    • Debris and other hazards on the ground
  • Contingency plan in case the structure does not fall
  • LNT plan:
    • During build
    • Daily cleanup
    • Post-burn
    • Spill cleanup
  • Emergency response plan:
    • Unplanned fires, large and small
    • Fuel spills
    • Damage caused by weather or participants
    • Injury to crew or audience
    • Locations of fire extinguishers and first aid/burn kits
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • SDS sheets for substances used