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Open Burning

OPEN BURNING REGULATIONS

Definitions
Agricultural Open Burning: Open burning conducted for recognized silvicultural range or wildlife management practices, for prevention or control of disease or pests, or for maintenance of water conveyance waterways and ditches. 

Bonfire:An outdoor fire conducted for ceremonial purposes in which the fuel area exceeds dimensions of a recreational fire and are no greater than eight-feet in diameter and four-feet in height. 

Open Burning:  Any outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire or not contained within a portable outdoor fireplace.  This includes but is not limited to campfires, bonfires, warming fires, the lighting of any fused explosives, permissible fireworks, the use of model rockets, and the burning of fence lines or rows, grasslands, fields, farm lands, ditches, rangelands, and wildlands Permits from the fire district are required for open fires.  

Portable Outdoor FireplaceA commercially purchased portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay, or other non-combustible material.  A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in design or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening at the top.  These devices must be operated according to the manufacturer's instructions with all covers, screens, and grates in place.  Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.

Prohibited Items and Materials: The following items and materials are prohibited from approval for open burning: wood and lumber treated for preservation; plastics; garbage; construction waste; rubber; petroleum-based products; yard vegetation including: weeds, tree limbs, leaves.   

Recreational Fire:  An outdoor fire burning material other than rubbish or debris where the fuel being burned is not contained in a portable outdoor fireplace, or barbecue grill and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.  This includes fires in 55-gallon drums; fixed, permanent outdoor fireplaces; and barbeque pit fires.

Recreational Fire:An outdoor fire burning material other than rubbish or debris where the fuel area of 3-feet or less in diameter and 2-feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. This includes fires in 55-gallon drums, fixed or permanent outdoor fire places, and barbeque pit fires.

Permits Required
Prior approval and an open burning permit is required for all outdoor fires EXCEPT those that conducted within a portable outdoor fireplace and those activities that meet the definition of a recreational fire. Open burning permits will not be issued or considered valid when a Stage 1 Fire Restriction or Stage 2 Fire Ban is in place.  

Application for an open burning permit may be submitted at the Fire District Headquarters building located at 7903 Allison Way Monday –Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm. Approval of open burn applications will take a minimum of seven (7) business days and will require an inspection of the site prior to approval. Burn permits will only be issued to the owner of the property on which the open burning will occur.

Burning That Does Not Require a Permit
A permit is not required to use a portable outdoor fireplace or have a recreational fire in which the total fuel area is three-feet or less in diameter and two-feet or less in height. The use of portable outdoor fireplaces and recreational fires do require the following precautions to be taken:

Portable outdoor fireplaces
- All instructions, suggestions and safety precautions provided by the device manufacturer are followed.
- Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be used within 15 feet of combustible materials or structures.
                     Exception: Where used at one or two-family dwelling units.
- The device is used as intended by the manufacturer.
- Prohibited items and materials shall not be burned.

 Recreational Fires
 - Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of combustible    materials or structures.
 - Prohibited items and materials shall not be burned. 

Burning That Requires a Permit
Agricultural open burning, bonfires and open burning that is not conducted in a portable patio fireplace or that meets the definition of a recreational fire REQUIRES a permit and prior approval. Compliance with all of the following requirements as well as requirements identified for the specific occurrence is required.  
- Open burning permits will only be issued for use between March 1st and October 31st.
- All burning shall be conducted within the restrictions of the approved permit.
- The permit holder shall contact Jeffcom Dispatch at (303) 980-3493 prior to burning and after burning has been
   completed
- The permit holder shall not burn on Red Flag Warning Days or when ground winds exceed 10 miles per hour or are 
   expected to exceed 10 miles per hour during the burn period.
- Permit Holder shall ensure that the burn activity is a minimum of 50 feet from any structure or combustible    
  materials.
- Permit holder shall not burn rubber, tires, plastic, wire insulation, rubbish or trash, paper, cardboard, furniture, 
   construction debris, fencing, treated wood, grass, leaves or yard waste.
- Open burning may only occur in daylight hours (dawn to dusk).
- Open burning shall be constantly attended by an adult until fully extinguished.
- An approved means of extinguishment, such as: a fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 4A; a shovel with 
   available dirt or sand; or a garden hose and water source must be readily available.
- The permit issued shall be on-site and in the possession of the person attending the fire during burning activities.
- Permit holder shall comply with additional requirements that are identified in attached documents.
- Fires that create or add to a hazardous situation shall be extinguished immediately.

Extinguishment Authority
Fires that create or add to a hazardous situation or that require a permit that has not been obtained shall be extinguished immediately. 

For questions or further information please contact the Community Risk Reduction Division at (303) 424-3012.


Jefferson County Fire Restrictions Map