Open Burning Info

Open Burning Permits

In accordance with the provisions of the 2009 International Fire Code Section 307 Open Burning, the Cortez Fire Protection District hereby authorizes a control burn to be conducted at the listed location provided all listed conditions are met.


General Conditions

For purposes of the permitting process, the Cortez Fire Protection District serves as the fire code official and is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Open Burning Permits will only be issued and considered valid under the following conditions:
• Section 307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with this section.
• Section 307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. “Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited”. As AHJ, the Cortez Fire Protection District will determine when to issue a permit. No tires, rubbish or trash shall be burned. ONLY items deemed as yard debris will be authorized under Open Burning.
• Section 307.2 Permit required. A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official prior to kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests or bonfire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by the permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.
• Section 307.3 Extinguishment authority. The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another responsible party or the fire department of open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.
• Section 307.4 Location. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure.
• Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet from a structure. The AHJ must approve the container on an annual basis.
• The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet where the pile is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height. No more than one pile may be ignited and burning at the same time.
• Section 307.4.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
• Section 307.4.2 Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
• Section 307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. No permit is required for commercial or AHJ approved portable outdoor fireplaces.
• Section 307.5 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 4-A or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment such as a garden hose shall be available for immediate utilization.

Any open burning that is deemed no longer under control will be extinguished in accordance with section 307.3 and any damage associated to the open burning will be the sole responsibility of the permit holder.

Any open burning shall be conducted between 8:00am and 5:00pm during the period of permit allowance unless otherwise approved. Prior to ignition the responsible party will contact the Cortez Dispatch Center at 970-565-8454 each day the open burning is to be conducted.

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