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Colorado officials discourage open burning during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted: 4:32 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 18:34:48-04
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is urging Coloradans not to engage in open burning activities during the current COVID-19 response.

The COVID-19 virus poses a threat to those with a history of heart or respiratory illness. Smoke from open burns could put a strain on already vulnerable populations.

"Open burning" is any fire outdoors where smoke is released directly into the open air without first passing through a chimney or smokestack.

“In this challenging time, it’s important that we look out for each other,” said Scott Landes, air quality meteorologist at the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division at CDPHE. “We are strongly urging Coloradans to hold off on open burning while the state responds to the COVID-19 virus. Please be considerate of your neighbors, especially those who are in uniquely vulnerable populations.”

On Monday, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has announced Stage I Fire Restrictions for all of unincorporated parts of the county.

Colorado requires that individuals get a permit before engaging in open burning.

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