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When camping in Colorado, especially in National Forest dispered campsites it is important to know if there are any restrictions on fires and what is allowable under each of the restriction levels.


With fire restrictions there are 3 components to monitor and understand to ensure a safe and lawful camping experience:

  1. National Forest Restrictions
  2. County Restrictions
  3. Fire Restriction Terminology and Levels


You have to know the restrictions of BOTH the National Forest and the County because they are sometimes different and if EITHER one has fire restrictions you must adhere to ALL applicable restrictions. 


Below is the breakdown and reference for all of these.


Fire Restriction Terminology:


Open Fire / Open Burning 

Any outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire and not contained within a portable outdoor fireplace. This includes but is not limited to campfires, bonfires, warming fires, the lighting of any fused explosives, permissible fireworks, the use of model rockets, “sky lanterns”, and the burning of fence lines or rows, grass lands, fields, farm lands, ditches, range lands, and wild lands.


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions


  • Charcoal grill fires within a permanently constructed grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area. Not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area

  • Chimineas, fire pits, and tiki torches within a developed park, campground, or picnic area. Not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area

  • Any fires contained within liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices

  • Chain Saw Use, With These Conditions

    • With a spark arresting device,

    • Having a fire extinguisher of not less than eight (8) ounces capacity by weight with the operator, and

    • One large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six (36) inches. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies, but readily available for quick use.



  • Open Burning

  • Any fire or campfire, NOT within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area


Stage 2 Fire Bans


Only devices that are liquid fueled or gas fueled are allowed. Simply put, gas grills, gas fire pits, gas stoves, and gas lanterns are allowed. The rule of thumb is whether or not the fire can be “turned off,” rather than “put out.”


Not Allowed:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire

  • No recreational fires, including recreational campfires, portable outdoor fireplaces, Tiki torches, chimineas’ and fire pits.

  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.

  • Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.

Colorado State Wide Fire Restrictions and Danger Information

A consolidated and comprehensive source for County and National Forest fire restrictions and wildfire danger


While the above resource is a convienent one-stop location. The most up to date and accurate information will come directly from the County or National Forest sources directly. 


State Wide Fire Ban Info
County Fire Restrictions:
County NF Fire Restrictions
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