Burn Permit Information and Application

Open Burning is allowed seven days a week from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Weather Permitting).  You must call Dispatch at (505) 428-3710 before each burn to verify there are no restrictions and provide your burn permit number.  

Please contact the Santa Fe County Fire Prevention Division with any questions 505-995-6523.

Burn Location

Terms and Conditions For Open Burning

  • Prior to each and every open burning, the Santa Fe County Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) 505-428-3730 or 800-742-1144, must be notified. Chimayo residents may choose to contact RECC at 505-351-4747 instead.
  • Open burning of rubbish or garbage containing paper or household waste products is prohibited.
  • A garden hose connected to a water supply, 4-A rated fire extinguisher, shovel, or other approved fire extinguishing equipment must be readily available at the burning site.
  • Burning material/s shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the fire-extinguishing equipment, familiar with the Terms and Conditions for Open Burning, and shall supervise the burning material until the fire has been extinguished.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if the fire becomes out of control.
  • Open burning shall not be conducted within 50 feet of any structure or other combustible material. Conditions which could cause the fire to spread to within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  • Local wind or gusts shall not exceed 10 mph.
  • Open burning shall only be performed when times, wind velocity, and burn restrictions comply with the limits set forth in this open burning permit.
  • The Fire Department and/or Law Enforcement is authorized to require that open burning be immediately discontinued if it is determined that smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding property, or it constitutes a hazardous condition.

IN THE EVENT THE SANTA FE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SHOULD IMPLEMENT BURN RESTRICTIONS DURING THE TERM OF THIS PERMIT, THIS PERMIT IS ‘VOID’ UNTIL OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS ARE RESCINDED

Burning of Rubbish, Trash, or Paper Products shall be prohibited

In accordance with Santa Fe County ordinance 1998-11, this permit grants permission from the Santa Fe County Fire Department for the above named resident of Santa Fe County to perform open burning for the specific purpose of irrigation ditch clearing, draining ditch clearing, crop or fallow field maintenance, preparation for planting, and clearing of cut tree branches, leaves, and/or weeds.

This permit is subject to compliance with the Terms and Conditions listed herein, and all permission for open burning granted explicitly or implied shall be null and void in the event said Terms and Conditions are not met by the resident. The Santa Fe County Fire Marshal’s Office, the responding Fire District, and/or law enforcement agency shall make the final determination of compliance.

Penalties and/or Fines

Residents are subject to a fine up to $300 and/or 90 days in jail for willful disregard of County Ordinance 1998-11.

Citation Process: Offenses must occur within a year from the issuance of this permit.

1st Offense: Oral warning
2nd Offense: Written warning
3rd Offense: Court citation

I, hereby, certify that I have read and understand all the Terms and Conditions For Open Burning contained herein, as well as any supplementary written information with which I have been provided relating to safe and legal open burning.

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