High temperatures and dry conditions have resulted in high fire danger throughout much of Colorado. Already this year, 344 wildfires have been reported in the state. These wildfires have burned over 120,000 acres in areas across the state. These weather conditions and circumstances attest to the continuing threat to life, health and property posed by wildfires on Colorado’s public and private lands. As of the date of this Executive Order, the High Park Fire in Larimer County is not contained and has burned over 49,000 acres and destroyed or damaged well over 120 structures. And various types of fire bans are currently in place in at least 57 of Colorado’s 64 counties.
Given the high fire danger throughout the state, the Colorado State Forest Service, in consultation with federal land management agencies, has requested an immediate ban on open burning in Colorado. The Larimer County Commissioners have requested a fireworks ban in parts of Northern Colorado where extreme fire danger exists. In response to these and other requests for an effective, uniform response to the high fire danger across the state, this Executive Order bans open burning in the State of Colorado.
Our staff has been working with County Sheriffs, Colorado Counties, Inc., the Colorado Municipal League, and the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association to ensure the appropriate application and the proper implementation of this Executive Order.
Read the complete statewide burn ban here.