The Teller County Sheriff's Office Wednesday imposed open burning restrictions, effective immediately and indefinitely due to windy conditions and drying fuels. The restrictions follow recent heavy snowfall and precede forecasted rainy conditions over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The restrictions do not include the use of campfire pits and barbecue grills, which are expected to be heavily utilized by campers during the holiday. The restrictions apply primarily to burning of slash piles with a permit.
According to the Teller County Sheriff's Office, the precise restrictions are as follows:
When an Open Burning Restriction is issued by the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, all Open Burning Permits are suspended immediately.
The following Open Burning IS allowed under a restriction:
• Use of barbecues and pits that are at least 10 feet away from combustible walls or roofs or other combustible materials.
• Campfires that are contained within a designated fire pit that is a least 25 feet away from all structures or other combustible material.
• Fire pits must be less than 3 foot in diameter or 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.
The following Open Burning IS NOT allowed under a restriction:
• Open burning of materials not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue, grill, or pit.
• Use of any explosives, fireworks of any type, firing of model rockets, welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame in an outdoor location.
No Burning of Rubbish is allowed in Teller County at any time.
Rubbish includes paper, garbage, trash, useless waste, rejected or unused matter, organic or inorganic refuse, rejected or waste foods, offal, and tires.