Recreational Burning

Permissible Burning 

When not prohibited by other laws or other officials having jurisdiction, and provided that a nuisance is not created, certain types of open burning are permissible without the necessity of securing a permit.

R307-202-6 Utah Administrative Code

  • In devices for the primary purpose of preparing food, such as outdoor grills and fireplaces.
  • Campfires and fires used solely for recreational purposes, where such fires are under control of a responsible person 18 years or older
  • In indoor fireplaces and residential solid fuel burning devices.


  • Recreational Fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 millimeters) of a structure or combustible material.
  • Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 millimeters) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  • Fire must not be larger than 3 feet in diameter.
  • Burning of any material other than firewood, charcoal briquettes, propane or liquefied petroleum gas is prohibited.
Open burning, or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved onsite fire extinguishing equipment shall be available for immediate utilization. Examples of approved equipment include:
  • Dirt
  • Garden hose
  • Sand
  • Water barrel
  • Water truck
  • Roy City Fire Department reserves the right to order fire to be extinguished at any time.

Checking Clearing Index

In addition to the requirements above, the Air Quality Clearing Index must be above 500 in order to burn. To check the Clearing Index (CI), please access the National Weather Service Forecast Office website. Roy City and the lower valley of Weber County are under Airshed 5.

Non-Permissible Burning 

  • Burning of waste material is prohibited.
  • Burning weeds, grass, vines or other growth, is prohibited except during the permitted open burn season (a Department of Air Quality issued burn permit is required).
  • Burning of accelerants such as gasoline, kerosene, lacquer thinner or other petroleum based products are prohibited.
  • Burning paper products of any kind is prohibited.
  • Any material which may cause severe air pollution is prohibited.