LOGAN – The Cache County Fire District has announced open burn permits for the spring season will be available from March 28 thru May 31. Burn permits are now being issued by the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) and there are statewide rules in place that regulate open burning activities.
Fire District Deputy Fire Chief Jason Winn said the rules allow open burning of clippings, bushes, plants and prunings from trees incident to property and residential clean-up activities, if the clearing index is 500 or greater. The clearing index is a measure of the atmospheric mixing and wind speed.
Winn said an open burn permit application is required for each separate burn. The permit is valid only on specified lands and is required to be on site at the time of the burn.
Winn said applicants must describe all materials to be burned and be aware of any local, state and federal rules and regulations.
Additional information and the open burn permit application can be completed online by visiting the following link: <a href=”http://www.airquality.utah.gov/aqp/OpenBurning/form/index.php” target=”_blank”>www.airquality.utah.gov/Compliance/OpenBurning/form/index.php</a> or by visiting <a href=”http://www.cachecounty.org/” target=”_blank”>www.cachecounty.org</a> and clicking the burn permit link.
Those who do not have Internet access may call the Cache County Fire District for assistance at 435-755-1670. Burn permits can also be obtained by mail but may take up to two weeks for processing. To request a hard copy of the open burn permit application, contact the DAQ by phone at 801-536-4000.