Learn about the burn ban

There are three stages of a burn ban: No ban, Stage 1 and Stage 2.  Read below to learn more about each stage. For more information, refer to Arapahoe County Ordinance #2000-02, Arapahoe County Fireworks Ordinance #19-01, C.R.S. 30-10-512, and C.R.S. 30-10-513.

burn ban green (1)

Most days, there are no fire bans or fire restrictions.

However, you must check with your local fire department for necessary permits.

State Air Quality permits are required for open burning, at no cost.

burn ban yellow (1)

Stage 1 means no open burning of any kind without a permit from the appropriate fire district and no use of fireworks. Download a Stage 1 flyer.

Exemptions:
* Fires contained within liquid fueled or gas stoves, fireplaces and wood burning stoves/fireplaces within habitable buildings.
*Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled barbecue grills used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.
• Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled fire pits that do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.
• Public fireworks displays permitted by appropriate fire district/public safety personnel and supported by adequate equipment assigned to be on the scene of such site, at the discretion of the fire district/public safety authority.
*Charcoal fueled grills and pits used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.
*Fire set by any federal, state, or local officer, or member of a fire protection district in the performance of an official duty.
• Residential use of charcoal grills, Tiki torches, chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits where allowed by code. Fires must be supervised by a responsible person of at least 18 years of age.
• Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet.

burn ban red  (2)

Stage 2 means no fireworks or any other outdoor fires including, but not limited to, campfires, fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed camp and picnic grounds and recreation sites; charcoal fueled fires, warming fires, fires in outdoor wood burning stoves (chimney sparks or embers); the prescribed burning of fence lines, fence rows, fields, farmlands, range lands, wild lands, trash and debris. Download a Stage 2 flyer.

Exemptions:

• Fires contained within liquid fueled or gas stoves, fireplaces and wood burning stoves/fireplaces within habitable buildings.

• Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled barbecue grills used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.

• Charcoal fueled grills and pits used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.

• Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled fire pits that do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.

• Fire set by any federal, state, or local officer, or member of a fire protection district in the performance of an official duty.

• Public fireworks displays supervised by appropriate firefighting/public safety personnel and supported by adequate equipment assigned to be on the scene of such permitted