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BURN REGULATIONS

From the Davis County Fire Marshal's Office:

Spring is upon us, and with it, yard clean up and the need to dispose of yard debris is on everyone’s mind.  Due to the impact on air quality, local fire departments, and in agreement with the Davis County Fire Board of Appeals, consisting of the City Fire Chiefs and County Fire Marshal in Davis County, there will not be a time period set aside for open burning in Davis County in 2018.

Exemptions to this are as follows: Farm and horticultural operations may burn as established under current law and air quality rules.  In Davis County, a farm or horticultural operation is defined as: (1) fruit orchards of 25 or more fruit trees on a continuous two acre parcel of property, or (2) agricultural activities of 2 or more cultivated acres on single, or contiguous parcels of property.   They may only burn products incident to horticulture or agricultural operations, defined as: prunings, diseased plants, stubble and irrigation ditch banks.  Before burning, farmers must notify their local fire department.  Such fires must be contained and monitored at all times.

Homeowners may not burn anything, including prunings, rubbish, debris, or garbage in their yards.  Such items should be shredded for mulch or hauled to the local landfill.

Recreational fires may be permitted by local ordinances, as long as they have prior authorization from the local fire department.

Campfires are only permitted in approved campgrounds where the fire-pit has been installed by a governmental agency or approved by the Davis County Fire Warden. It is also unlawful to build, maintain, attend, or use a fire in unincorporated County Area on or below the high Lake Bonneville shoreline water mark bench (approximately 5200 ft. elevation) to State Road 89, or within ½ mile of any residential structure on or east of that bench, between Davis/Weber County line and the Davis/Salt Lake County line.  Fires are also prohibited east of Bountiful Blvd., within Bountiful City limits.

If you have any questions, please contact your local fire department.



If you feel that you meet the requirements then visit the Utah Department of Environmental Quality web site and apply for a burn permit. http://www.airquality.utah.gov/  


Important notes:

- Open burning shall not be conducted within 50 feet of any structure or other combustible material. Conditions which could cause the fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

- Owners are required to have some type of fire–extinguishing equipment readily available.

- Burning material shall be constantly attended. All open burns are required to have an attendant supervising the burning material until the fire has been extinguished.


Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are permitted by Local Ordinance, as long as fires are used solely for cooking, ceremonial, or recreational purposes where such fires do not create a nuisance and are under the control of a responsible person (18 years or older) and there is some type of fire–extinguishing equipment readily available (garden hose connected to a water supply or similar.)  

Local Ordinance is reflective of the 2015 IFC Code 307.4.2 - Recreational Fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (4620 mm) of a structure or combustible material.  Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

The Syracuse Fire Department recommends that you call the Fire Department on the days/nights you plan to have a recreational fire to find out the burn index for the day.