Burn Permit

How to Obtain a Permit:

Permits are issued free of charge seven days a week during normal business hours at Fry Fire District, Station #365 or you can download an application below. If you download a permit online you will still be required to bring that form to the address below for a valid permit number. Permits are valid for one calendar year.

Fry Fire District, Station #365
4817 S. Apache Ave., (at the corner of Yaqui Street and Apache Avenue off Hwy 92)
Sierra Vista, AZ. 85650
Phone (520) 378-2222 or (520) 378-2665

All permits are required to be issued to the owner of the property in which the burning will be performed.

The Fry Fire District burn permit guidelines, rules and restrictions are in accordance with:

  • The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • The International Fire Code, 2012

Open Burning Rules:

Prior to burning you must check our website (under Burn Permit > Daily Burn Approval) to see if burning is allowed.  If burning is allowed you will be directed to enter your information from your permit on to the website. If you do not have internet access you may also call the Fry Fire District prior to burning. Factors affecting burning approval include weather conditions and fire danger warnings.

  1.  Open burning must be approved DAILY!
  2. Hours of burning are from 0900-1600 hours daily ONLY! This is an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulation, not Fry Fire District.
  3. Your operational burn permit allows you to burn materials in one of the following ways:
    1. Gathered in a pile not larger than 4’ by 4’ wide, 2’ high or 32 cubic feet.
    2. Placed in an approved container such as a burn barrel. Materials to be burned must not be greater than 32 cubic feet at any given time.
    3. Gathered in a pit. Materials to be burned in a pit must not be greater than 32 cubic feet at any given time.
  4. Burning materials must not be closer than 50 feet to any structure.
  5. A minimum clear area of 3’ must be kept around piles.
  6. The fire must be attended at all times and must not be a nuisance or create a heath liability to your neighbors.
  7. A means of extinguishing a small fire must be available at all times. This includes items such as a fire extinguisher or water hose.
  8. Petroleum products such as gasoline are prohibited from being used as ignition sources. Matches, flares and propane torches are acceptable.

Call 911 at the first sign a fire is becoming out of control.

The following materials are restricted from burning:

  • Household waste
  • Plastics
  • Polyester
  • Batteries
  • Waste petroleum products
  • Hazardous waste products
  • Tar paper
  • Insulation
  • Electrical wire components
  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Asbestos
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Sumac
  • Oleanders
  • Asphalt Shingles

Oleanders produce toxic smoke when burned and are a restricted material.

What about burning a portion of land?

If you would like to burn a portion of land you must schedule an appointment for an on-site inspection and approval. Otherwise all burning must be conducted in accordance with the items listed in the rules section. To be approved, the portion of land must be small, have a light fuel load and contain adequate fire breaks on all sides. To schedule an appointment for an on-site inspection, or for more additional information please call (520) 458-3319 (Monday-Thursday) and ask to speak to the Fry Fire District Fire Marshal.
Other phone numbers you may call for assistance:

Administration (520) 378-2665 M-F  0800-1700

Station #365 (520) 378-22222

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