Forest Theater Fire Policy

The current fire conditions in the state have citizens extremely concerned about fire safety. Based on these concerns, Carmel Fire Department has received many calls in the past week with regard to the fire pits in the Forest Theater. 

 With safety as the primary focus, the fire department is in the process of drawing up a policy to suspend the use of the fire pits in the Forest Theater during times of extreme fire danger, or whenever we are under a “red flag warning.” Examples of when these warnings will occur are during extremely hot and dry weather conditions and when there are excessive winds.

 The fire department has access to daily information and updates regarding weather and fire conditions in the immediate area, plus what is taking place in our neighboring jurisdictions and counties. On red flag days, or at the discretion of the fire chief based on safety, the Forest Theater will be notified not to light the fire pits. The fire pits will not be used until the theater is again notified by the fire department stating the restrictions have been lifted.

 At all times when the fire pits are in use the fire screens shall be securely in place and a designated member of the theater staff shall monitor the safe operation of the pits. At the end of the evening the pits shall be thoroughly extinguished. 

 The fire department is keenly aware of the tradition the fire pits have and how they add to the enjoyment of the Forest Theater experience. It is the fire department’s intent to minimize the inconvenience of not having the pits lit and to enforce the policy only when safety concerns take precedence.

 If you have questions or concerns you may call Carmel Fire Department (620-2030) or the fire department within the jurisdiction you live in. 

In the meantime stay safe, have a happy summer and enjoy the plays and films at the Forest Theater.