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Open Burning

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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...

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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

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November 19, 2020 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Update and Operational Changes

North Metro Fire remains fully operational. However, with reduced in-person staffing and the increased level of COVID risk, North Metro Fire's administration building and Training Center will be closed to visitors unless an appointment is made.