No authorization or permit is required for exempt burns.
Agricultural open burning (weeds/ditches), (recreational) camp fires, outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, outdoor wood-fired boilers and training fires are examples of exempt burns.
Campfires can be defined as “recreational fires” in which fires are used for non-commercial cooking of food for human consumption (barbeques), for instructional or religious purposes (bon fires) or for recreational purposes (campfires on private land). This applies only to the burning of clean, dry wood (no treated wood, trash, etc).
Campfires must be within an enclosure, constructed of steel or other non-combustible material. Enclosure shall be no larger than three feet (3) (inside) diameter. There must be an area of at least three feet (3) of clearance of combustible materials surrounding the fire enclosure.
Campfires must be attended at all times. Campfires will be fully extinguished upon departure from the site.
Camp fires will not be permitted within 25 feet of any structure
Campfires are permitted year round, but NOT allowed during periods of high fire danger, i.e. during fire bans or when fire restrictions are in place in Gilpin County. Contact the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center (Dispatch) 303-582-5500 for fire restrictions and/or fire ban information.
This applies to campfires on private property in Gilpin County only; for campfires within Golden Gate Canyon State Park (303-582-3707) or campfires on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest (303-541-5500), check with those agencies regarding permitting process, restrictions or bans.
Fires utilized by fire or resource management agencies for training purposes.
Defined as the open burning of ground cover vegetation for the purpose of preparing the soil for crop production and livestock grazing, for the clearing of irrigation ditches and fence lines and for controlling noxious weeds for “commercial agricultural operations”. Commercial Agricultural Operations are those operations in which the growing of crops or livestock is a “gainful occupation” such that the income received from the agricultural operation is greater than $500.00 per year. Properties that are “agriculturally zoned” but do not have commercial income greater than $500.00 per year will NOT be considered “agricultural” and are NOT EXEMPT from this permitting process.