The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) are asking the public to refrain from all nonessential open burning activities as communities respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
To avoid additional health impacts, the public should take standard preventative measures to protect their health from smoke exposure and refrain from residential open burning (tree limbs, leaves, yard trimmings, garden waste) and other nonessential open burning activities (including the use of burn barrels and fire pits) until further notice. If open burning is essential please follow best smoke management practices.
Local officials may have already prohibited open burning in your area. Prior to burning, contact your local fire agency to verify open burning is allowed.
DEQ, IDL, and DHW encourage the public to use alternative burning options:
- Lawn mulching — Leave grass clippings on your lawn to add nutrients back into the soil and improve lawn health.
- Composting — Compost yard waste to recycle organic material and add nutrients back into the soil.
- Chipping — Add chipped brush, pruning, or wood waste to your compost pile or soil to increase nutrient content.
- Curbside pickup — Collect and separate yard waste, organic material, and recyclables and set them out for curbside collection. Check with your local government or waste management company for local services.
- Landfills — Many landfills offer free or reduced fees for yard waste.