OPEN BURNING PERMIT REGULATIONS
In accordance with Teller County Ordinance 17, the Teller County Sheriff shall implement an “Open Burning Permit System”. The Open Burning Permit allows for safe burning of slash, slash piles, forest management slash and debris.
Open Burning Permits are issued by Teller County Sheriff’s Department, 11400 Highway 24, Divide, Colorado. Phone number (719) 687‐9652.
The fee is $10.00 and permits expire 1 year after issue date.
WHEN IS A PERMIT NOT REQUIRED FOR OPEN BURNING?
‐ Burning of materials not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill, or pit and
with a total fuel area of 3 feet (914mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610mm) or less in height
used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking or similar purposes.
‐ Small campfires within permanent fire pits or fire grates located on developed picnic grounds, camp
grounds, public and private lands within the county.
‐ Firing of model rockets, welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame.
WHEN IS A PERMIT REQUIRED FOR OPEN BURNING?
All persons must have a Teller County Sheriff’s Office Open Burning Permit for the burning of materials not
contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill, or pit and with a total fuel area of MORE
THAN 3 feet (915mm) in diameter and/or MORE THAN 2 feet (611mm) in height.
FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL AT ALL TIMES IN TELLER COUNTY
EXCEPTION: Professional commercial fireworks display
In addition to the required Teller County Sheriff’s Office “Open Burning Permit”, you should contact
your local fire department or fire district to learn of additional open burning requirements or
WITHIN THE CITY OF WOODLAND PARK, open burning is NOT permitted. Within Northeast Teller
County Fire District, a site inspection must be done PRIOR to obtaining a burn permit. Please
contact them at (719) 687‐1866.
OPEN BURNING REGULATIONS
‐ No open burning of rubbish is allowed in Teller County. Rubbish includes paper,
trash, garbage, useless waste, rejected or unused matter, organic or inorganic refuse,
rejected or waste foods, offal, and tires.
‐ Open burning (campfires; see below) must be at least 50 feet (15,240mm) away from any structure or
other combustible materials and all combustible debris must be cleared within a 50‐foot radius. Be
observant of tree limbs and electrical wires overhead.
‐ A garden hose connected to a water supply or other approved fire‐extinguisher equipment MUST be
readily available for use at open burning sites.
‐ Burning material must be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the required
fire‐extinguishing equipment, familiar with the Open Burning Regulations and must be attended until
all burning materials have been extinguished.
‐ Barbecues and pits must be at least 10 feet (3048mm) away from combustible walls or roofs or other
‐ Campfires must be contained within a designated fire pit that is at least 25 feet away from all structures
or other combustible materials and all combustible materials must be cleared in a 25‐foot radius. Fire
pits must be less than 3 feet in diameter or less than 3 feet in length and width, and at least 18 inches
in depth. A garden hose connected to a water supply or other approved fire‐extinguishing equipment
MUST be readily available. All campfires must be attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of fire
extinguishing equipment until the fire is completely out.
WHEN IN DOUBT – CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT
CRIPPLE CREEK FIRE (719) 689‐0240
DIVIDE FIRE (719) 687‐8773
FLORISSANT FIRE (719) 748‐3909
FOUR MILE FIRE (719) 689‐3417
GREEN MTN FALLS FIRE (719) 684‐2293
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES FIRE (719) 687‐9652 or 719) 687‐1858
NORTHEAST TELLER FIRE (719) 687‐1866
VICTOR FIRE (719) 689‐0866
REMEMBER: YOU MUST NOTIFY THE TELLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
BEFORE PERFORMING ANY OPEN BURNING AND AFTER THE FIRE IS COMPLETELY OUT