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Open Burning Program

The Open Burn Program regulates open outdoor in public and private areas in order to limit pollution and decrease the fire spread potential.

Open burning of trash and junk is prohibited.

Environmentally poor burning substances that are prohibited and include but are not limited to:

  • Refuse and rubbish
  • Books and magazines
  • Fiberboard and packaging
  • Rags and fabrics
  • Animal waste
  • Waste oil, liquid, or gelatinous hydrocarbons
  • Tar
  • Paints and solvents
  • Chemically treated wood
  • Plastic or rubber
  • Compact discs and other electronic media,
  • hazardous or toxic substances
  • interiors of wrecked vehicle bodies.

Allowed to Burn

Conditionally Allowed Vegetative Material can be burned and cooking is allowed if contained within a 3-foot-by-3-foot area. If larger than 3-foot-by-3-foot area, a permit may be required.

How-To: Burning Vegetation

The Open Burn Advisory and Environmental Health Hotline must be called before burning. Both authorities must be obeyed.

Steps for burning waste in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County:

  • Call Open Burn Advisory Hotline - (505) 468-7200
  • Call Environmental Health - (505) 768-BURN (2876)

If burning isn't allowed in fireplaces, open burning isn't allowed either.

If both recordings say it is OK to burn, call the following number in your jurisdiction to notify the fire department about the location and time frame of the burn.

  • In Albuquerque: Non-Emergency Dispatch Center (505) 833-7390
  • In Bernalillo County: Fire Marshal's Office (505) 468-1310

If bonfire or burning of vegetative material is larger than 3-foot-by-3-foot area, call the following number in your jurisdiction to inquire about safety codes and permits.

  • In Albuquerque: Call the Fire Marshal's Office (505) 764-6300
  • In Bernalillo County: Call the Fire Marshal's Office (505) 468-1310
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