Open Burning and Burn Permits

The open burn period is now CLOSED for 2020. The burning period runs from April 1st - October 31st, and requires a valid (current year only-not expired) and approved CDPHE permit be obtained prior to open burning. Fire department notification and approval is required for all burning activity, even if the activity is permit exempt. As of now, permits for 2021 can be submitted next spring, with burning ability likely resuming April 1, 2021. 

BURN RESTRICTIONS:  Pursuant to Executive Order, effective through January 3rd unless extended, and current County burn Stages, BWFR is not approving any burning at the present time. This is due to continuing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and allocation of emergency resources.

Current as of: December 30, 2020

If you have a need to perform an Open Burn of any kind within the Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue service area, you must contact us prior to the event. Specially trained personnel consistently evaluate fire conditions throughout our District. While an area may visually seem safe to burn in, there may be unseen factors present that could initiate a dangerous situation.

Contact the Life Safety Division to assist in your planning, to ensure that your site and preparations are reviewed for safety, and that you have obtained a burn permit to ensure that your burn is a legal one. This also makes your job easier in that you have enlisted the aid of someone who is well versed in the current state, county, and local ordinances. Many of these ordinances can change at a moments notice, and it's our responsibility to remain alert to these changes for our citizenry.

To obtain burn permits, contact our Administrative Offices at (303) 644-3572 Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4 pm. In the event that you would like to schedule an open burn and the administrative offices are closed, please contact our dispatch center, METCOM at (720) 258-8911 and they will alert the on duty crew to contact you.

Below you will find State information on open burning:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Air Pollution Control Division APCD-SS-B1
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: (303) 692-3204

Fax: (303) 782-0278