Sheriff's Office Implementing Stage 1 Burn Restrictions

March 16, 2017

Pursuant to the authority vested in the Deputy Fire Warden through the Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado, by El Paso County Ordinance No. 15-001, and C.R.S. § 30-10-512, he El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, hereby issues this Order pertaining to the declaration of Stage 1 Burn Restrictions.

Based upon monitoring of fire danger weather conditions, increased fire activity in the area, the fire danger class in the very high and/or extreme levels and through consultation and coordination of federal, state and local fire agencies, it is determined that implementation of Stage 1 Burn Restrictions are warranted in El Paso County. 

These Restrictions shall prohibit the following activities:

1. Open fire and open burning except fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, or private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
2. The sale or use of fireworks.
3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of and cleared of all flammable materials.

The Stage 1 Restrictions shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this Order and shall remain in effect until such time as the restrictions are modified pursuant to El Paso County Ordinance No. 15-001.

The full text of Ordinance No. 15-001 can be found at

MR 17-028