Police & Fire

Summit County announces open burn season through May 31

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — It’s officially Open Burn Season, as declared by Summit County. Until May 31, residents in both unincorporated and incorporated areas conducting open burns must secure a permit. Information on obtaining these permits is accessible on the county’s official website.

The state of Utah delineates specific periods and locations for burns, requiring residents to acquire a burn permit. These permits, offered free of charge, are valid for a three-day window. The process for obtaining permits varies slightly between incorporated and unincorporated areas, reflecting differing regulations and oversight bodies.

In accordance with county ordinances, residents must notify the Summit County Dispatch at (435) 336-3600, selecting option 1, prior to initiating any burn. This protocol is not applicable to campfires within improved fire pits or for cook-type fires (so, larger open burns only).

Summit County emphasizes the importance of advance planning for permit acquisition, especially for weekend burns, recommending requests to be submitted by the preceding Wednesday to ensure timely processing.

For incorporated areas, residents are directed to secure their permits through the State’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ), which offers applications online at its website.

In unincorporated areas, the County Fire Warden, who can be reached at (435) 640-2075, oversees the issuance of these permits. The Fire Warden’s office hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

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