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Safe Open Burning - Ada County

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Safe Open Burning

Ada County no longer issues burn permits or requires its Fire Districts to do so.  Ada County now allows open burning in rural areas, PROVIDED that the weather forecast permits and the Air Quality Index (AQI) is 60 or below.  Ada County cares deeply about our Treasure Valley air quality.  Help us keep our precious Treasure Valley air clean and safe by knowing and following these rules before you burn.

Rules & Weather Conditions

In Order to Burn Safely, the Following Conditions Must Be Met Prior to Burning:

  • Burning Hours Are From 8:00 AM to Sunset
  • You or a Competent Representative Shall be in Constant Attendance Until All Fire is Extinguished
  • NO Burning Shall Take Place on Days When Adverse Weather Conditions Create a Hazard
  • You Shall Have Available Fire Fighting Equipment Such as Sacks, Buckets, Shovels, Pitch Forks, Garden Hoses and Water Supply (if available)
  • Notify Your Neighbors of the Burning to Take Place

** Please determine which fire district you are in prior to burning, and check that district’s regulations (see map on the side).  If you are within city limits, you are subject to city burning regulations. **

The daily Air Quality Index (AQI) is determined by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). It is your responsibility to check the air quality index prior to burning to be certain it allows open burning on the day you’re planning to burn. The AQI must be at 60 or below for open burning to be permitted!
To Check Today’s AQI, You Can:

Air Quility index map

NOTE: Burn Piles must be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Additional Resources & Information 

You can also visit the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)  for additional resources and information on burning regulations and ordinances in your city or other areas of the Treasure Valley. Click the link above and scroll to the chart at the bottom of the page to find this information.