Open Burning Information - No Open Burning is allowed on Red Flag Weather Days

Open Burning Prohibited - except recreational fires in improved fire pits

Bonfire on green grass

There are three classifications of open burning allowed in the City of Bluffdale.

Recreational Fires

The fire code allows residents to have small recreational fires at their residence in a fire pit. The fuel area cannot exceed 6ft diameter by 3ft in height. Burning is limited to dry, clean, natural materials - no garbage, plastics, rubber, hazardous materials, oils or construction waste.  Pressure treated or chemically modified lumber also may not be burned. 
  • Verify that it is a green burn day by checking the air quality forecast at the DEQ website or by calling 385-468-3837.
  • Keep open recreational fires 25 feet away from structures or combustible materials. Fires contained in an improved barbecue pits or portable outdoor fireplace require a minimum of 15 feet of clearance. LP or natural gas fire pits or grills require 10 feet of clearance.
  • Have a method of extinguishment readily available.  Keep a garden hose or bucket of water/sand close by.
  • Fires must be constantly attended until fully extinguished.
  • “Offensive, Objectionable, or Nuisance” fires are no longer required to be extinguished unless the fire is causing a hazardous situation, so even if all burning requirements are met the fire department may extinguish the fire.

Open Burning 

Open burning is only allowed in ditch banks and along fence lines November 1st to May 31st if you live on anything over 1 acre. Under discretion of the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, or Utah State Forester, if there is an increased environmental or weather hazard, open burning may be suspended. Check with this webpage prior to burning to verify that open burning is currently allowed. 

Smaller lot sizes are not allowed to burn due to the potential of the fire exiting your property.

Please follow these steps for ditch and fence line burning.
  • Verify that is is a green burn day at the DEQ website or by calling 385-468-3837.
  • Contact the fire department non-emergency dispatch at 801-840-4000 to inform them of your burn. You must tell them if will be a ditch bank or fence line, the duration and location of the burn, and your contact number.
  • There can not be any wind. If the fire spreads because of wind, you may be held liable for the cost of extinguishing the fire. If the wind kicks up or the burn index changes, the Fire Department may request the fire to be extinguished.
  • Make sure you have a water source close by.
  • The fire must be constantly attended.

"Green Belt"* (>5 Contiguous Agricultural Acres) 

Contact the fire department administration at 801-849-9441 during business hours to inform them of your agricultural burn. Further information will be provided based on individual circumstances. The fire must be constantly attended. 

*In order to qualify for the "Green Belt" exception you must work the land for a profit.