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Burning Regulations

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The Open Burn Period is: 

OPEN

Open Burning is regulated by the Utah Department of Environment Quality (DEQ). There are statewide rules in place that regulate open burn activities to help minimize emissions and ensure that the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQX) are met. Modifications to burning rules occurred in 2013 and were issued by the Utah State Division of Air Quality (DAQ). These changes include a statewide requirement to obtain a Utah Division of Air Quality's online Open Burn Permit. (SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFO)

There are three types of burning
(Open, Agricultural, & Recreational): 

Open Burning: OPEN

The DAQ rules governing open burning can be found in the

Utah Administrative Code (UAC) R307-202. This Rule allows open burning of: 

"Clippings, bushes, plants and pruning's from trees incident to property

and residential clean-up activities."

Open Burn Windows are tentative: 

Spring: March 30th - May 30st

Fall: September 15th - October 30th 

The Utah Division of Air Quality's Online Open Burn Permit Application MUST be completed, and issued by the

DAQ prior to burning. 

Click above for
Airshed Clearing Index
(Clearing index by airshed tab)

 
Once a permit is obtained the clearing index must be above 500 (we are airshed 5)

The applicant is required to check each day before burning.

Click above to access the
Burn Permit Application. 

The Airshed Clearing Index must be 500 or above to obtain a burn permit.

The applicant is required to check each day before burning.

If burning is not on the same day the permit is issued or

the permit is for more than one day.

Applicant is required to check the Airshed Clearing Index

and notify Dispatch at: (801) 395-8221

each day of burning. 

Open Burn Permits will be issued for a two (2) week period and is valid only on the lands specified in the permit.

A permit is required to be on-site at the time of the burn with a person(s) monitoring the burn.

All materials to be burned must be clearly described and quantified in the application.

Applicants must be aware of any local, state, and federal rules and regulations applicable to their area. 

 Open Burning Rules: 

The Clearing index must be 500 or greater

(Check the link above, Airshed 5)

A DAQ Permit must be obtained and

permit must be on site

Burn in small piles

(3' diameter x 2' high)

Burning must be 50 feet from any structure

Fires must be constantly attended

(Responsible adult)

Method of extinguishment must be on site.

(A water source; a fire extinguisher with a 4A rating; shovels, and buckets) 

NO burning of waste material, trash, or

material that may cause severe pollution.

The use of accelerants is prohibited.

(NO gasoline, kerosene, lacquer, or other petroleum products)

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Agricultural Burning: 

Please contact

Weber Fire District

prior to starting your Agricultural Burn 

801-782-3580 

Agricultural burning is defined by the

Utah State Code 11-7-1(2) as:

“..the burning of irrigation ditches, fields, or fence lines.”  

Utah State Tax Code 59-2-503 defines agriculture land as; 

"Land being over 5 acres in size used for agricultural purposes."

To qualify for Agricultural Burning you MUST: 

  • Have land zoned as agricultural land. 

  • Have agricultural land over 5 acres in size AND used for any of these purposes: 

    • Land used for farming and crop production. ​

    • Land used for livestock grazing.

    • Ditch banks associated with farmland or crop production areas. 

    • Open fields

  • You may NEED a permit!!

  • Follow the Ag Burning and Permit Process listed below!

 Ag Burning & Permit Process for
State & Private Unincorportated Land: 

IS IT NOVEMBER 1 - MAY 31?

IS IT JUNE 1 - OCTOBER 31?

YES

HAS THE STATE FORESTER

ADVANCED OR EXTENDED

THE CLOSED FIRE SEASON?

NO

YES

Is there a

RED FLAG WARNING

in Effect?

Check: weather.gov/slc/

YES

NO

YES

Is there a

RED FLAG WARNING

in Effect?

Check: weather.gov/slc/

YES

NO

You DO NEED a permit regardless of what you are burning. IF issued, notify applicable public safety answering point of time of burn*

(A) Are you burning:

a forest, brush, cultivated land, range, field, fence line, canal, or irrigation ditch? Except as noted in (B)

NO

(B) Are you burning within 10 feet of: fence lines on cultivated land, the banks of canals or irrigation ditches, and it does not pose a threat to forest, range, or watershed?

YES

YES

NO

You DO NEED a permit.

IF issued, notify applicable

public safety answering point of time of burn*

You do NOT need a permit**.

IF issued, notify applicable

public safety answering point

of time of burn*

You DO NEED a permit.

IF issued, notify applicable

public safety answering point of time of burn*

You do NOT need a permit**.

IF issued, notify applicable

public safety answering point

of time of burn*

*Applicable public safety answering point (PSAP) could be the County Fire Warden, Dispatch Center, or County Sheriff.

**A local permit may still be required, per local ordinance.

If your property does not meet these qualifications, please follow the guidelines for OPEN BURINGING listed above

Recreational Burning

The DAQ rules governing permissible recreation burning can be found in the

Utah Administrative Code (UAC) R307-202-6.

This Rule allows open burning without a permit when

NOT prohibited by other local, state, or federal laws and regulations: 

"Preparing food, controlled fires for recreational purposes, indoor fireplaces and residential solid fuel devices (exceptions UAC 307-202-2)." 

Recreational Burning

Devices for the primary purpose of preparing food

Such as outdoor grills and fireplaces.

Campfires & Fires used solely for recreational purposes where such fires are under control.

  • Attended by a responsible person, 18 years or older

  • Approved fire rings; firepits (3 feet diameter)

  • Area clear of any debris or overhanging branches

  • 25 feet from a structure or combustible materials

  • Only clean, dry wood or charcoal NO waste or trash

  • An immediate source of extinguishment is available

Indoor fireplaces and residential solid fuel burning devices except as provided in UAC R307-302-2

FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT:

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Rick Cooper

Fire Warden

 

801-782-3580 ext. 206

rcooper@weberfd.com

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Jared Taylor

Division Chief / Fire Marshal

801-782-3580 ext. 204

jtaylor@weberfd.com

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NOTE: If the fire is determined to be hazardous, or smoke becomes offensive to occupants of surrounding property, 

the fire then becomes a public nuisance

and must be extinguished. 

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