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Open Burning

The Open Burn Program regulates open outdoor burning in order to limit pollution and decrease the chance of fire damage to property. Bonfires, cooking, and burning piled vegetative material are conditionally allowed. The conditions include calling the Burn Hotline, time restrictions, notifying the fire department, complying with fire safety codes, and possibly obtaining a fire department permit.

Prior to burning, there are two recordings that residents of the Albuquerque metro area must call:

  • The Environmental Health Department at (505) 768-BURN (2876)
  • Bernalillo County Open Burn hotline at (505) 468-7200.

Both authorities must be obeyed. In other words, if one of the messages says it’s okay to burn and the other message says it’s NOT okay, then it is NOT okay to burn.

For conditionally allowed burning of dead and dry weeds as well as piled vegetative material, burn hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. October 1st through March 31st, and 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April 1st through September 30th. There are no time restrictions on bonfires or cooking. At any time the Fire Department can request that you end your burning activities.

If burning is allowed, notify the Fire Dept. Non-Emergency Dispatch Center at 505-833-7390 prior to burning.

For more information from Environmental Health, go to Air Quality.

FAQ's

Can I burn Dry Weeds on my property?

Yes, but under very strict rules and parameters:

  1. No burning is allowed within 50 feet of structure or combustible materials.
  2. Pile size must be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
  3. Fire extinguishing equipment must be on site (i.e. garden hose, fire extinguisher 4A Rating or water tuck.
  4. Fire must be constantly attended until completely extinguished.
  5. If wind exceeds 15 miles per hour burning must be immediately discontinued.

NOTE: No Permit is required but PRIOR to burning, there are two recordings that residents of the Albuquerque metro area must call.

  • The Environmental Health Department (505) 768-2876.
  • Open Burning Hot Line (505) 468-7200.

Can I have a Recreational Fire in my backyard?

Yes, but under very strict rules and parameters:

  1. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials.
  2. Wood is the only fuel allowed to be burned.
  3. Pile size shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  4. Fire extinguishing equipment must be on site (i.e. garden hose, fire extinguisher 4A Rating or water truck.
  5. Fire must be constantly attended until completely extinguished.
  6. If wind exceeds 15 miles per hour burning must be immediately discontinued.

NOTE: No Permit is required but PRIOR to burning, there are two recordings that residents of the Albuquerque metro area must call.

  • The Environmental Health Department (505) 768-2876.
  • Open Burning Hot Line (505) 468-7200.

Can I use a Portable Outdoor Fireplace that I bought at the store?

Yes, but under very strict rules and parameters:

  1. Portable outdoor fire places shall be used in accordance with manufacture’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible materials.
  2. Any condition which could cause a fire to spread with within 15 feet of combustible materials or a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  3. Wood is the only fuel allowed to be burned.
  4. Fire extinguishing equipment must be on site (i.e. garden hose, fire extinguisher 4A Rating or water tuck.
  5. Fire must be constantly attended until completely extinguished.
  6. If wind exceeds 15 miles per hour burning must be immediately discontinued.


NOTE: No Permit is required but PRIOR to burning, there are two recordings that residents of the Albuquerque metro area must call.

  • The Environmental Health Department (505) 768-2876.
  • Open Burning Hot Line (505) 468-7200.

Can I have a Bonfire?

Bonfires require a Permit be obtained from the City of Albuquerque Fire Department. Also the fire department will collect a $25.00 fee for each bonfire permit issued. Bonfires are approved on a case by case basis! Call The Fire Marshal’s Office at (505)764-6300 for further information.

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