An open Burn Window
in Castle Valley, Grand County and the
State of Utah is a period of time when it is permitted to burn yard
like tree limbs, leaves, grass, tumbleweeds and other material that
collected from yard maintenance. It is also the time to burn irrigation
ditches, culverts and fence lines along side roads of grass and tumbleweeds
that grow during the season.
Burn Window usually closes around mid-April but the
State Department of Natural Resources might close the window earlier
in the spring if the weather becomes hot and too dangerous for open
The burn window is usually closed between April and
October when no open burning is allowed except with a permit from
the County Fire Warden. Sometimes during extra dangerous conditions
during the summer all open fires like campfires, smoking,
and similar activities are also banned.
the open burn season, burning is allowed only if the clearing
index is over 500 feet and a verbal permit is obtained from the
Sheriff's dispatch office. The dispatcher will tell you if it is a "burn
and ask where the burn is taking place and ask you to call back when
the burn is complete. The clearing index is an air quality/smoke dispersal
index used to regulate open burning and as input for other
air quality decisions throughout Utah.
Valley is in Area 12.
Click here to see the current clearing index.
to Utah Airshed Clearing Index
before igniting to ensure fewer escaped fires.
Notify your local fire department of your intention to burn.
If the brush file looks formidable ask someone in the Fire Department
take a look. They may recommend having a fire engine on the scene.
away vegetation to create firebreaks between burn areas
and adjacent fields, structures and trees.
Never burn on windy days, check your local weather forecast
and plan to have fire out cold before afternoon winds develop.
3. Keep a charged hose and a shovel nearby. If a hose isn’t
fill 5-gallon water buckets.
4. Never leave the fire unattended.
Open burning is regulated on a state level by state law and rule.
Most counties and cities also have ordinances, so people wishing to
burn fields, ditches and waste piles should determine whether it is legal
to burn before lighting anything. Yard debris and slash piles are governed
by stricter county and city laws, so the public should consult local
ordinances. In addition, many areas are subject to Department of Environmental
Quality requirements. It is always the responsibility
of the person lighting and tending the fire to take the needed precautions
and prevent its escape. A permit or notification call does not relieve
person from liability if the fire gets away or damages someone
else’s property, so good judgment is advised.
Notification of the nearest fire department before burning is required
by law in ALL CASES. Failure to do so is a Class B misdemeanor.
Many costly and embarrassing experiences could be avoided with a simple
phone call. Preparation beforehand can make the difference between
success and disaster. In addition to preparations, slow and gradual lighting
of an area allows for greater control of a fire’s pace.