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Flame Effects

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This is general information for those who want to bring propane flame effects so AZ Burners events.

You should be familiar with Saguaro Man Fire Art Guidelines & Saguaro Man Fire Policy

The following describes the requirements for Flame Effects at Saguaro Man. Any participant wanting to operate Flame Effects at the Event must obtain prior authorization and pre-approval of their Flame Effect Plan.

The Fire Arts Safety Team, Flame Effects Lead at Saguaro Man – All flame effect Operators and their Assistants are responsible for their own equipment and its use. Because of the dangerous nature of Flame Effects no one may display, exhibit, or discharge any flames that are automated, switched, or pressurized, without authorization, this specifically includes all projects using propane. Responsibility includes verification by testing that an installation or performance will not endanger participants, operators or members of the Fire Art Safety Team.

Safety Requirements – Operators and Assistants – A Knowledgeable representative of the installation or performance shall serve as a liaison, which is responsible for the exchange of information about the installation/performance to the Fire Safety Team. They will maintain communication of all aspects of the Installation/Performance prior and during the Event. This may include changes to description of the Installation /Performance, diagrams, the performance schedule, safety plan and emergency plan during the use of the Flame Effect.


In order for the Installation / Performance to receive approval, the operator must:

  1. Submit a Flame Effect Plan prior to the April 14th (sooner is better in case changes are needed) and have it approved by the Fire Arts Safety Team
    • Overall concept:
      Please submit the name of art piece along with an image and written narrative describing the art and how it functions.  This narrative must also include how the effect is actived.
    • Schematics of piping and electrical
      Please submit a pipe isometric drawing and electrical schematic.
    • Safety Plan
      Please submit a safety plan drawing showing the art piece, fire extinguishers, other safety equipment, and emergency shutoff equipment locations.   
    • List of operators and safety monitors
      Please submit a list of full names for all operators with their ages.  All operators must be over 21 years of age.
    • Email the application and questions to 
      Attend a technical walk-through meeting prior to any use of the Flame Effects with the Fire Art Safety Team
  • Once the Installation/Performance has been approved and inspected a Laminate will be issued
  • If the pre-meeting is missed the Installation / Performance may not operate during the Event.
    • FLAME INSPECTIONS are from Noon – 4pm Wed, Thurs, and Fri. No flame effect inspections on Saturday at all!
  • All flame effects must be approved and during operation a Laminate must be worn to operate the Installation / Performance
  • All Flame Effects must occur outdoors
  • All Flame Effects will comply with NFPA 160 guidelines and requirements

Safety Requirements:

  • No Flame Effects shall be used within Open Camping areas. A designated area away from other camps and common structures must be used
  • All Operators and Assistants must be 18 years of age or older and be trained in the use of fire extinguishers
  • Operators and Assistants shall wear fire resistant clothing during the operation of a flame effect
  • Flame effects may only be operated by those identified in the plan as operators or assistants under the supervision of operators
  • No carelessness, negligence, or unsafe conditions with Flame Effects shall be tolerated
  • Operators and Assistants are prohibited, during the operation of the flame effect, from being intoxicated
  • No smoking or open flame within 25 feet of any location of fuel, flammable liquids, hazardous materials or anything potentially dangerous
  • All fuel and flammables shall be secured in approved containers, stored in a safe and secure area located a minimum of 25 feet from any open flame
  • Fuel tanks must be protected from vehicle traffic and be well lit at night

Performance Schedule:

  • Performance schedule can be either a single performance or a series of nightly occurrences during the Event
  • A performance may not be started until all performers, safety team members, and participant are in place and ready
  • Operation of a flame effect may not occur until the equipment has been inspected and approved

Daily Safety Check:

  • A daily check of all fuels, materials, hoses, pumps, wicking, pressure of tanks, etc. will be mandatory before the daily or nightly installation / performance begins
  • If a safety hazard has been identified by either Fire Arts Safety Team or operator/assistant the installation/performance will be halted until the safety concern has been addressed

Fire Extinguishers:

  • A Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher must be available in case of accidental fire with any Flame Effect installation
  • Notes about Fire Extinguishers – Not all fire extinguishers work for fighting all fires. Fire extinguishers rated for the specific fuel in use will remain available at the Installation site or performance with flame effects for response to accidental fire. A wet blanket or towel must be available for response to accidental burn to a person or to extinguish a prop. Dry chemical extinguishers are required where fuel is stored, as they provide the best way to put out a fuel fire. They do make a mess that must be cleaned up after use. Also, dry chemical extinguishers start to lose charge after a single discharge and must be serviced and refilled. Water fire extinguishers are useful for fires involving wood, paper, and fabric. These extinguishers must never be used on liquid fuel fires, as they will spread the fire. Water is a good conductor of electricity, so these extinguishers are a poor choice for electric fires.

Fuel Safety:

  • All participants using combustible fuels or storing fuel at the Event must comply with the following practices for storing and handling these materials
  • Storage of Compressed and Liquefied Gases (CO2, oxygen, propane, nitrogen, etc.)
  • All gas cylinders must be secured in an upright position to prevent tipping
  • All cylinder valve caps must remain on the assemblies unless in use with plumbing or regulator set
  • Main shut off valve (Key Valve) must be marked
  • Propane cylinders of 100 gallons or more are not permitted within the city limits.