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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 Daily air quality and burn condition forecasts are available at

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.

Media Contacts

Smoke Management Program Coordinator
Mark Boyle
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4607

Air Quality Manager
David Luft
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0550

Air Quality Manager
Shawn Sweetapple
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4602

Remediation and Air Quality Manager
Rensay Owen
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650

Air Quality Manager
Philip Hagihara
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4370

Air Quality Manager
Melissa Gibbs
DEQ Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 236-6160

Remediation and Air Quality Manager
Bobby Dye
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190

Related Pages

Burn Restrictions and Bans

Residential Burning