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July 18, 2020

Current Outdoor Burning Restrictions

Adams County: Level 1 Fire Restriction in unincorporated areas. Prohibited activities include building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire. Exceptions to the prohibited general statement includes persons with a valid permit from the fire district and any fires contained within a liquid fuel or gas stove, fireplaces within buildings, and charcoal or propane grill fires at private residences.

Jefferson County: Stage 2 Fire Ban for all lands in unincorporated portions of Jefferson County. Only devices that are liquid fueled or gas fueled are allowed. Simply put, gas grills, gas fire pits, gas stoves and gas lanterns are allowed. The rule of thumb is whether or not the fire can be “turned off,” rather than “put out.”

Broomfield, Northglenn, and eastern unincorporated Boulder County: Unless a REG FLAG warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for fire weather zone 240, small “recreational” fires are allowed without a permit; but the International Fire Code gives the fire district the authority to extinguish the fire if a hazardous situation exists, e.g.: the fire is not being constantly attended, the people present are not fully attentive of the dangers of the recreational fire (i.e., under the influence), etc.

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Latest Update:

November 21, 2020 11:01 AM

Open burning requires a permit from both the fire district and the jurisdictional health department. In accordance with the open burning rules set forth by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the agency which enforces the Clean Air Act, homeowners cannot dispose of yard waste by burning during the period of November 1 – March 31. The CDPHE rules exempt only true “agricultural” burning, which is very narrowly defined as irrigation ditch maintenance or preparing land for agricultural farming. No matter the situation (except for recreational fires described below), year round, open burning requires a permit and approval from North Metro Fire.

The state is no longer under a burn ban. Therefore, residents are allowed to enjoy campfire-sized “recreational” fires. However, we are still very dry for this time of year, and Adams County is still under Level 1 Fire Restrictions. Residents should never leave a fire unattended. Recreational fires should not exceed 3-feet in diameter or 2-feet in height. Also, please make sure you thoroughly extinguish your fire before leaving it.

Please visit our Open Burning Information page for additional information. If you have further questions, please contact Deputy Fire Marshal David Waller at 303-252-3542 or

Open Burning Information

Prior Updates

August 7, 2020 8:32 AM

Permit-required burning NOT allowed. Conditions are windy, hot and drying out, increasing our fire danger in the area.

Additional information on open burning, recreational fires and grills