2020 Fire Restrictions
Due to current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with the extremely dry conditions in southwestern Utah, the State
Forester, in consultation with the county commission, has determined that measures must be taken to prevent the ignition of
forest and rangeland fires. Information about these restrictions can be found in the links below:
- Quick Reference Fire Code & Ordinance
- Fire pit guideline
- Utah Fire Info
- Firewise USA
- Apply for burn permit online
What We Do
Iron County provides a wide variety of services to the citizens and visitors through the fire program. In addition to municipal calls such as vehicle and structural fires firefighters also have advanced training in Wildland Fire Management, Hazardous Materials Response, Cold Water Rescue, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and High Angle Rope Rescue. Firefighters are trained and certified through the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy and exceed the minimum requirements for the state of Utah.
By agreement Iron County contracts fire management services with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands and local community fire departments.
For more information about the fire program, including tours or public presentations, or to become involved with your community fire department, contact the Fire Warden or your local fire department.
About The Fire Warden
By cooperative agreement between Iron County and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, the primary responsibility for fire control is delegated to the Fire Warden, who is designated by the State Forester.
The Fire Warden is the official representative to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands as well as Iron County on all wildland fire matters within Iron County. Municipal fire authority remains with the local Fire Chief having jurisdiction in the area. The Fire Warden coordinates and cooperates with local, state and federal cooperators to deliver safe, cost effective fire suppression, fire prevention and pre-suppression projects county wide.
The mission of Iron County Fire is to promote public safety for citizens of Iron County through public education, hazard mitigation, and emergency response. Ensure adequate training for firefighters so that each individual is able to safely and effectively respond to emergency situations. Provide coordination with local, state and federal stakeholders before, during and after emergency response to ensure positive relationships with cooperators.
Iron County Fire resources are dispatched through Cedar Communications (911) and Color Country Interagency Fire Center. If you are in an emergency situation please dial 911.
- Cedar Communications Non-Emergency Number (435) 586-9445
- Call 911 to report a wildland fire
Iron County provides a wide variety of services to the citizens and visitors through the fire program. In addition to municipal calls such as vehicle and structural fires, firefighters also have advanced training in Wildland Fire Management, Hazardous Materials Response, Cold Water Rescue, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and High Angle Rope Rescue. Firefighters are trained and certified through the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy and exceed the minimum requirements for the state of Utah.
The State of Utah has adopted the International Fire Code as well as the Utah Wildland Urban Interface Code to which counties shall adhere in safeguarding life and property from the hazards of fire and explosion.
Outdoor Burn Permits
IRON COUNTY OUTDOOR BURNING DATES MARCH 1st – NOVEMBER 15th. WITH A PERMIT. OUTDOOR BURNING IS CLOSED NOVEMBER 15th – THE LAST DAY OF FEBRUARY.
Iron County desires to allow residents, visitors, commercial and agricultural industries to burn materials allowed by state law when environmental, safety, and regulatory conditions are appropriate.
Statutorily Closed Fire Season: Burn Permit Required from Fire Warden June 1st –October 31st
- A. Burning Prohibited; Exemptions: Subject to exemptions in this chapter, burning is prohibited during the statutorily closed fire season from June 1 through October 31 and the regulatory closed fire season from November 16 through the last day of February. Where state statue permits, from June 1 to October 31, and the person obtains a state issued closed season burning permit prior to burning, persons may burn pursuant to the terms of the state issued permit.
- B. Notification Requirement: When a person has obtained a closed season burning permit, the person shall notify the local fire department of the approximate time the burn will occur before the burn takes place.
- C. Exemptions: Any local, state, or federal fire official or firefighting forces in the performance of official duty.
- D. Misdemeanor: Any violation of this section shall be punishable as a class C misdemeanor and, upon conviction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1.08 of this code.
Permitted Burn Season:
Burn Permit Required from Fire Department or Fire Warden March 1st –May 30 & November 1 –November 15
- A. Burning Permit Required: Subject to exceptions in this chapter, persons shall obtain a written county burning permit which shall be filled out completely before starting a fire in the unincorporated areas of the county during the open fire season which is March 1 through May 30 and November 1 through November 15.
- B. Burning permits will be issued only when in compliance with the Utah Air Conservation Regulations. The following requirements must be met with each permit issued:
- 1. The permit is not valid and operative unless the clearing index is 500 or above. The clearing index is determined daily by the U.S. Weather Bureau and available on the National Weather Service Salt Lake City Weather link. It can also be obtained by calling the NWS Salt Lake City, (801) 524-5133 or by contacting your local fire department or county Fire Warden
- 2. A permit may be extended one day at a time, without inspection upon request to the issuing officer. The request must be made before expiration of the permit.
- C. Burning permits shall not be issued when red flag conditions exist or are forecasted by the National Weather Service. Every permittee is required to contact the National Weather Service to assure that a red flag condition does not exist or is not forecasted. Permits are not valid or operative during declared red flag conditions.
- D. During the permitted burn season, the state Fire Warden, chief fire officer or official of each fire protection entity that is responsible for providing fire protection services in the unincorporated areas of the county may postpone, revoke or deny burning permits due to environmental conditions, public nuisance, incompetency by the petitioner, or risk to public safety.
- E. Misdemeanor: Any violation of this section shall be punishable as a class C misdemeanor and, upon conviction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1.08 of this code.
The provisions of this chapter are not applicable to:
- A. Any local, state, or federal fire official or firefighting forces in the performance of official duty.
- B. Devices for the primary purpose of preparing food such as outdoor grills and fireplaces.
- C. Campfires and fires used solely for recreational purposes pending the following guidelines are followed.
- 1. where such fires are under control of a responsible person the fire is contained in a pit 18 inches deep into mineral soil absent of roots or any other organic materials or solid ring made of non-combustible material that is at least 18 inches in height that will contain the fuel wood or coals while shielding the ashes from being blown by the wind.
- 2. Maintain 18 inch depth of the pit by removing build up ash and other material; assure disposed materials are completely extinguished.
- 3. Campfire must be at least 15 feet away from any combustible vegetation or structures, vertically or horizontally. Fire resistant material as part of the landscaping is excluded.
- 4. At least 1 standard size shovel must be dedicated and immediately available on-site for suppression.
- 5. 5 gallons of water or a 5 pound “A” rated or above fire extinguisher dedicated and immediately available on-site for suppression.
- 6. Campfires must be completely extinguished, cold to the touch, when not attended.
- 7. Combustible material used in the campfire is clean dry wood or charcoal.
D. Indoor fireplaces and indoor residential solid fuel burning devices.
During the permitted burn season, the state fire warden, chief fire officer or official of each fire protection entity that is responsible for providing fire protection services in the unincorporated areas of the county shall be responsible for signing and issuing a burn permit, on forms provided by the county.
There are three ways to complete the open burn permit application:
- Online – Follow the link to the Burn Permit Request Form. Completing this form online is the easiest and fastest way to complete the open burn permit application. An electronic copy of the application is automatically submitted to the county or municipal fire authority upon completion.
- Phone – An applicant can call the DAQ at (801) 536-4000 and complete the open burn permit application process over the phone. A DAQ inspector will ask the applicant for the required information and complete the application in just a few minutes.
- Contact your local Fire Department or State Fire Warden
If you would like to see the full ordinance please follow the link to the Iron County Burn Ordinance.
Protect Your Home
For more information on how to protect your property follow the links below:
Links & Resources
- Color Country Fire
- Color Country Fire Dispatch Active Wildland Incidents
- Cedar Communications Active Incidents
- National Interagency Coordination Center
- Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands
- Utah State Fire Marshal
- National Interagency Fire Center
- US Fire Administration
Fire Agency Contacts
|Beryl Fire Department||650 E. Center Street Beryl, UT 84714||(435) 439-5600|
|Brian Head Public Safety||535 S. Town Hall Road Brian Head, UT 84719||(435) 677-2029|
|Cedar City Fire Department Station 1 (staffed full-time)||285 N. 800 W. Cedar City, UT 84720||(435) 586-2964|
|Cedar City Fire Department Station 2||2580 N. Commerce Center Drive Cedar City, UT 84721|
|Cedar City Fire Department Station 3||3013 W. 1600 N. Cedar City, UT 84721|
|Kanarraville Fire Department||50 E. Center Street Kanarraville, UT 84742||(435) 865-1444|
|Newcastle Fire Department||72 W. Highway 56 New Castle, UT 84756||(435) 439-5300|
|Paragonah Fire Department||80 W. Center Street Paragonah, UT 84760||(435) 477-3426|
|Parowan Fire Department||190 West 200 South Parowan, UT 84761||(435) 477-3470|