Burn Restrictions

Ordinance 06-01.pdf (An ordinance restricting open fires and open burning in the unincorporated areas of Elbert County)




EXECUTIVE ORDER – Modifying Burning Restrictions to STAGE III RESTRICTIONS


As of July 31, 2017


Pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Sheriff of Elbert County, Colorado, by Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended by Amendment 1 to Ordinance No. 06-01, and Colorado Revised Statute 30-10-512, I, Sheriff Shayne Heap, hereby issue this Executive Order pertaining to the declaration of the open fire and open burning restrictions.

Elbert County has been under Stage III restrictions, based upon recommendations of local Fire Chiefs and the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management, it is determined that a decrease from STAGE III RESTRICTIONS to STAGE II RESTRICTIONS is warranted.

The STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this Executive Order. The STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified by either the Elbert County Sheriff or by the Board of County Commissioners of Elbert County pursuant to Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended.


STAGE I RESTRICTIONS shall prohibit the following activities:

1. Open burning, excepting charcoal grill fires, fires in approved portable exterior fireplaces, and outdoor welding or hot work, and the sale and use of fireworks in compliance with State and Local regulations.

2. Outdoor smoking, excepting smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.


STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall prohibit the following activities:

1. Open burning, excepting charcoal grill fires, fires in approved portable exterior fireplaces, and outdoor welding or hot work.

2. Outdoor smoking, excepting smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3. The sale or use of fireworks.

4. Use of educational rockets.


STAGE III RESTRICTIONS shall prohibit the following activities:

1. Open burning of any kind.

2. Outdoor smoking, excepting smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3. The sale or use of fireworks.

4. Use of educational rockets.

5. Use of indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves without an approved chimney spark arrestor.

6. Use of recreational motor vehicles without an approved forest service spark arrestor.