Open burning rules remain in effect year round; burners advised to check air quality reports
Thursday, October 19, 2017
BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) advises people thinking of burning slash or yard debris in Idaho that outdoor burning can be affected year round by air quality rules and by local permit requirements.
“Smoke impacts should always be considered when lighting a pile of slash or yard debris no matter the time of year,” notes Mark Boyle, Smoke Management Coordinator. “Some days, often during winter, burning may be prohibited because air quality is poor and weather conditions will keep smoke from dispersing.”
DEQ encourages alternatives to open burning. If no alternative to burning is available, check with local fire protection districts to find out if a permit is required and check DEQ’s open burning map web page for open burning restrictions in the area at www2.deq.idaho.gov/air/AQIPublic/Map/OutdoorBurn. Daily air quality and burn condition forecasts are available at www2.deq.idaho.gov/air/AQIPublic/Forecast.
The following guidelines help minimize smoke impacts from burning:
- Burn only dry material. Green limbs and other vegetative garden waste smolder and produce excessive smoke.
- Keep burn piles small and manageable. Burn during the midday hours when solar heating and ventilation is at its maximum. Typically noon to 5 p.m.
- Use additional precautions when burning near residential areas.
- When conducting open burning, contact the local DEQ office before ignition to discuss smoke management considerations.
Idaho’s open burning rules prohibit the burning of most processed or manufactured materials such as treated or painted lumber, garbage, plastics, demolition debris, tires, asphaltic materials, and most demolition debris.