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Open Burning? Be Sure To Get Your Permit

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[Photo courtesy of Morgan County Fire Department]

The clearing of vegetation often leads to large piles of organic material that can sometimes best be disposed of by burning. Open Burning starts March 30th-May 30th. Utah State Law (65A-8-211) and DEQ Rule specifies the times, places and conditions during which the public may carry out burning operation. In order to ensure that you are not in violation of these laws, and ordinances, always obtain a burn permit before striking the match. A little bit of pre-planning is required, but this will go a long way in taking the proper steps to ensure a safe environment for you and your neighbors.

“There are County ordinances and State laws that we as citizens must follow in order to keep both the risks of fire escape and breathing hazards to a minimum,” said Morgan County Fire Warden Boyd Carrigan.  “In order to ensure that you are not in violation of these laws, and ordinances, always obtain a burn permit before striking the match.”

“Every year at this time we see smoke in the air,” said County Fire Warden Boyd Carrigan. “Morgan County is seeing a sharp increase in man-caused wildfires over the recent years. People tend to think the surrounding vegetation is still wet from all this snow, but it’s just the opposite.  Last year’s dry vegetation is really what you’re seeing and until we get the spring green up it’s going to burn just like it would in August.”

Here are some tips from our Fire Warden: 

  • Please get a burn permit, check the weather, and if wind is in the forecast, do not proceed.
  • Put in any needed fuel breaks and have a plan if your fire gets out of control.
  • Debris should be out in the open and not near structures or under trees that may catch fire.
  • Have a water supply available and tend the fire at all times.                                                                                                                (failure to do so is a Class B Misdemeanor).
  • Burn Permits and notification to your local Fire Department is required. Burn Permits are required for all burning and they must follow Division of Air Quality DAQ Rule R307-202-7 (Failure to do so is a class B Misdemeanor).
  • Don’t find out about burn permits and notifications after fire crews respond to your property on a report of smoke. And remember you are responsible for all suppression cost and any damage related from escaped fire.
  • The Open Burn Permit Application can be found online at:
    http://air.utah.gov/OpenBurning/form/index.php
  • Once you have your permit, the last step is to notify Weber Dispatch at 801-629-8221. Weber Dispatch will need your name, the address of where you’re burning, and what time you will start. This is part of the requirement.
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