Colorado Open Burning Forecast

The open burning season for the greater metropolitan area is now over until March 1, 2024, except for pile and slash burning projects from wildland fuel reduction activities as follows:

  • The burn is conducted under a valid permit issued by the Air Pollution Control Division.
  • Burning will occur only on days that are not Action Days as determined by the Air Pollution Control Division. Pile and slash burning is not allowed when an air quality Action Day is in effect.
  • Burning will occur between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Fires must be completely out without any significant residual smoke by 4:00 PM.
  • Projects include only wood debris generated during hazardous fuel reduction activities (i.e., thinning, defensible space, and forest health).
  • Reasonable alternatives, other than burning, for disposal of material do not exist.
  • The project is at an elevation of 6400 feet or higher. A few exemptions may apply. Please see the [Action Day Policy]
  • All applicable State and local regulations must be met. The permit is for compliance with State air pollution control requirements only and is not a permit to violate any existing State or local laws, rules, regulations or ordinances regarding fire, zoning or building.

Policy on Prescribed Burning Along the Front Range During Winter High Pollution Season Restrictions [Action Day Policy]

Always observe fire safety guidelines and check the National Weather service Fire Weather pages for local fire weather forecasts:

General Open Burn Permits