Burning restrictions in Colorado Springs will be lifted starting at noon today

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COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Fire Department announced that burning restrictions in the city will be lifted starting today at noon. This means that there is no longer a ban on making open fires, burning in the open air or smoking outside.

All the recent rains have fortunately removed, for now, an increased risk in the city.

Here are the guidelines from the city

outdoor kitchen
When using outdoor barbecues fueled by wood, pellet or charcoal and/or liquid propane gas, natural gas or liquid fuel. you must have 10 feet of clearance from combustible structures, fences or vegetation, however, there is no clearance requirement if you live in a single family home or duplex. However, they cannot be used within 15 feet of a nearby structure or combustible material, such as a tree, bush, or common fence.

outdoor fireplace
Any outdoor fire where the fire is contained in a portable or fixed fireplace/appliance. If you live in a single family home or duplex, you can operate portable fire pits with no minimum distance requirement from your structure or combustible materials. However, they cannot be used within 15 feet of a nearby structure or combustible material, such as a tree, bush, or common fence.

Recreational fires
Any outdoor fire or campfire where the fire is not contained in a fireplace or portable or stationary appliance. You must have 25 feet of clearance from combustible structures, fences or vegetation. The fire cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height and wood is the only fuel allowed to be used.

These outdoor burning activities always require a permit.

Fires of joy
A bonfire is an outdoor fire that is over 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. A bonfire permit must be obtained from the CSFD Fire Marshal’s Division.

Fireworks
A permit for professional pyrotechnic shows must be obtained from the CSFD’s Fire Marshal’s Division.

Outdoor activities prohibited at all times

Open burning
Open burning is never permitted by non-governmental entities within the city limits of Colorado Springs.

Burning waste
The burning of trash, trash, yard clippings, or building materials is never permitted within Colorado Springs city limits.

Fireworks
Use of recreational fireworks that require ignition (has a fuse) such as sparklers, rockets, fountains, etc. is never permitted within the city limits of Colorado Springs.

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