Open Burning

Open Burning Regulations
Clinton City Ordinances and laws regulated by the Utah Division of Air Quality regulate open burning within Clinton City limits. Open burning conducted within Clinton City limits is limited to agricultural burning or a recreational fire. Download Open Burning Brochure.
  1. Agricultural Burning
  2. Recreational-Cooking Fires

Agricultural Burning shall meet the following requirements:

  • Must have two (2) acres of cultivated land or a fruit orchard of 25 or more fruit trees.
  • Must be incident to and essential to the agricultural operation.
  • Must be constantly attended by a person 18 years of age or older. .
  • Must be conducted during daylight hours only.
  • Must have means to extinguish or control the fire.
  • All fires shall be extinguished at once if wind velocity exceeds 20 miles per hour or becomes so strong as to blow sparks that could possibly set fire to surrounding materials.
  • Must comply with air quality index action forecast.  
Agricultural burning is limited only to items that are incident to horticultural or agricultural operations such as pruning’s from trees, bushes and plants; dead or diseased trees, bushes and plants, including stubble; burning of weed growth along ditch banks for clearing these ditches for irrigation purposes; controlled heating of orchards or other crops during the frost season to lessen the changes of their being frozen, so long as emissions from this heating do not cause or contribute to exceed of any national ambient air quality standards and is consistent with the federally approved state implementation plan. 


    State Law Requirements 
    The State Law also requires that farmers, who are going to burn any of the approved items, notify the nearest fire department prior to burning. Clinton City requires that you notify the fire department at 801-614-0840 and provide them with:
    • An address where the burning will occur
    • The materials that you will be burning.
    • The name and the phone number of the responsible party for the burn
    • Start and end times of the burn
    Approved Burning Times 
    In addition, Clinton City limits open burning to daylight hours and on days that the Clearing Index provided by the National Weather Service is greater than 500. The Clearing Index is a measure of the atmospheric mixing and wind speed. A Clearing Index of 500 or less is considered poor atmospheric ventilation. Clinton City is part of Airshed 5. Click there for more information.

    Safety Requirements
    All agricultural fires must be kept a minimum of 50 feet from any structures. The responsible party must have a water supply or other means to control the fire. The fire must be constantly attended until completely out.