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RECREATIONAL FIRE. An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.

The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.


  1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
  2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.


307.4.1 Bonfires.

A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

307.5 Attendance.

Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

At this time Box Elder County is only issuing permits for Agriculture Burning, the "Residential Burn Window" will open again this March the 30th to May 30th during these windows only natural vegetation, ie: tree trimmings, leaves and the such can be burnt, this means no construction debris, household garbage, tires or the like can be burnt. This is not just County wide but includes the entire State.
Agriculture burning falls into a little different category and can be burnt year round, in order to qualify for an agriculture burn permit, you must be burning natural vegetation, ie: fruit tree pruning, ditch banks and stubble fields.
this does not include the back yard fruit tree, you must be farming as a livelihood, and your property must be in the greenbelt for taxes.


Please remember that you must get a permit to burn by calling 435-734-3345. Monday through Friday there is no burning on Sundays and burn barrels for the disposal of trash are not allowed anytime.
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