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Posted on: November 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Winter Open Burn Season Runs Through April 15

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-November 17, 2020-As the Yampa Valley emerges from summer long fire restrictions, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue wants to make individuals aware of several key factors for those wishing to light their recreational fire pit or conduct an open burn. 

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact fire can have on the community,” commented Fire Marshal Doug Shaffer. “I implore you to exercise extreme caution with the use of recreational fire pits or consider alternatives before open burning materials through recycling, reusing or disposal at a landfill.” 

As the snow continues to slowly accumulate, the open burn period for the Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District is starting to heat up. Open burning is permitted annually within the district from November 1 through April 15.  

“Even with the recent snow and colder temperatures, we’re still in drought conditions,” continued Shaffer. “With ongoing efforts around COVID-19, it’s imperative that all the criteria be met before igniting your open burn.” 

The following parameters must be met prior to any open burn:

  • A permit with Routt County Environmental Health is required. 970-870-5588
  • Burn piles must be less than 10’x10’x10’ and be devoid of any trash or materials more suited for the landfill.
  • There must be 6 INCHES or more of snow on the ground at and around the burn site.
  • Burning must be started prior to 11am, always monitored and be out by sunset.
  • Call Routt County Communications prior to starting the burn at 970.879.1110
  • This burn season criteria only applies to the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District. Contact other fire districts to obtain their requirements for open burning.

 Always observe fire safety guidelines and check the National Weather service Fire Weather pages for local fire weather forecasts: For additional questions, contact Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue at 970.879.7170. 


Chuck Cerasoli, Fire Chief, 970.879.7170 or email
Doug Shaffer, Fire Marshal, 970.879.7170 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email 

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