Fire Restrictions & Open Burning
Currently, there is a Stage 1 Fire Restriction in place within Jefferson County.
Arvada Fire seeks to support community awareness of the continued fire risk in the area and to encourage the public to take steps to reduce the risk and help support the health and safety of the community.
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Burning That Requires a Permit
Prior approval and a permit are required for all outdoor fires except those described above. Application for an open burning permit may be submitted at the Fire District Headquarters building located at 7903 Allison Way, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm. Approval of open burning applications will take a minimum of five 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.
Compliance with all of the following requirements as well as requirements identified for the specific occurrence is required.
- 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
- The 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 to 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.
- The permit holder shall comply with additional requirements that are identified in the attached documents.
- Fires that create or add to a hazardous situation shall be extinguished immediately.
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 shall not be conducted within 25 feet of combustible materials or structures.
- Prohibited items and materials shall not be burned.
- 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 is 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, farmlands, ditches, rangelands, and wildlands. Permits from the fire district are required for open fires.
- Portable Outdoor Fireplace: A 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 fireplaces, and barbeque pit fires.