Recreational Fire Pit Guidelines

For residents in areas of the county that allow recreational fire pits, there are a number of steps you can take to have a safe fire.Fire guy 3

  • Fire pits are “Permitted” when they are in an approved assembly.
  • Distance of 25 feet between the fi re pit and any structure and/or other combustible type materials.
  • Fire pits cannot have a diameter larger than three feet.
  • Fire pits cannot exceed two feet in height.
  • Each fire pit must have on-site a means to extinguish the fire:
  • Five gallon bucket of water,
  • Garden hose connected to a reliable water source, or
    • 5A:10B:C Fire extinguisher.
    • Nuisance complaints from neighbors will mandate extinguishment, no exceptions!
  • Fire pit must be constantly attended.
  • Owner/operator of the fire pit is liable and responsible for any fire damage and/or fire suppression cost to surrounding area resulting from the use of the fire pit.

Fire pits and open fires are not permitted in the Park City limits.

For a printable version of this information click here.

Fire Restrictions Now in Effect

Summit County and Park City Municipal have implemented fire restrictions that are in effect until October, 2014.SC_Ordinance_Flyer_2014.indd

Due to the extremely dry conditions and potential fire hazards, ordinances have been put in place restricting the use of fireworks, open fires and certain ammunition.

Park City Municipal Corporation, Summit County and Park City Fire District have enacted emergency ordinances prohibiting the discharge of fireworks and all open fires to reduce the risk of wildfire for the 2014 fire season.

Any and all class “C” fireworks. These include:

  • Firecracker, cannon cracker, salute, cherry bomb or other similar explosive.
  • Bottle rocket, skyrocket or any other device that that uses combustible or explosive material.
  • Roman candle or other device that discharges balls of fire.
  • Tube or cone aerial firework that propels comets, shells, salutes, flash shells, or similar devices.
  • Chaser, whistler or similar device.

All open fires. A fire must be in a receptacle or structure specifically designed to contain the fire and prevent its spread. No open fires are allowed within the Park City limits!

The firing of the following ammunition is strongly discouraged: steel jacketed bullets, incendiary bullets, and tracer bullets. At this time 20 wildfires across the state of Utah were started by the use of these types of ammunition. The firing of ammunition is illegal within Park City limits.

In addition, smoking materials are to be used within the confines of a vehicle within any urban wildland interface area and all waste from the ignition or smoking of said products be disposed of in a safe and appropriate manner.

Violations of this ordinance are deemed a class B misdemeanor and can result in fines and potential jail time.

For a printable version of the Summit County Ordinance click here.

For a printable version of the Park City Fire Ordinance click here.

For a printable version of the Park City Fireworks Ordinance click here.

Wildfires – Are You Prepared?

Wildfire_Flyer-ImageEvery year across our nation, some homes survive — while many others do not — after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fireprone wildland areas. Said in another way — if it’s predictable, it’s preventable!

Click here to download this important information on how to prepare your family and your home for wildfires.

Burn Permits Required

Any open fires in unincorporated Summit County, except for a cooking campfire within an approved pit, REQUIRE burn permits from the Summit County Fire Warden.To obtain a burn permit, call 435-640-2075, Monday-Thursday between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm. Burning without a permit is subject to citation.

Burn Restrictions and Permitting

For residents in UNINCORPORATED areas of Summit County, the following burn restrictions apply to open residential pile burning:

  • Notification to the Summit County Dispatch at 435-336-3600 prior to any burning from April 1 through October 31.
  • Starting June 1, a burn permit MUST be obtained by calling the Summit County Fire Warden at 435-640-2075.

For residents in INCORPORATED areas Summit County (Coalville, Francis, Echo, Henefer, Kamas, Oakley), the following burn restrictions apply to open residential pile burning:

For residents in the Park City Fire District, visit their website at for information on burning and permits.

Utah DAQ Regulations for Open Burning

Open burning is a source of air pollution that is regulated by the Division of Air Quality (DAQ). There are statewide rules in place that regulate open burning activities to help minimize emissions and ensure that the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are met. Recent modifications to these rules change the open burn periods and include a statewide requirement to obtain a permit from the local county or municipal fire authority prior to burning.

Information on the following topics can be found on the DAQ Regulations for Residential Open Burning page:

  • General Requirements
  • Permit Criteria
  • Permit Applications

Click here to be directed to the DAQ Regulations for Residential Open Burning.