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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Eagle County Fire Restriction Info


Current Fire Restrictions = Eagle County officials announce “Stage 1” Fire Restrictions effective: Friday, July 9, 2021,12:01 a.m.

Please be prepared & refer to the different stage restriction flyers below for more information about what IS and is NOT allowed.

BE PREPAREDWhen a RED FLAG WARNING is issued (NWS), additional Fire Restrictions will apply! (more info at bottom of page).

View the 'Fire Stage flyers' and 'Interactive Map' below



Eagle County Fire Restriction Categories/Map Key

No Fire Restrictions = Green
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions = Yellow
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions = Red
Complete Fire Ban = Black

Detailed overview:
No Restrictions = Green 
  • NOTE: No explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on Federal lands
  • The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage residents and visitors to take personal responsibility and prepare before a wildland fire occurs.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions = Yellow (click on the flyer to view)

What is NOT ALLOWED? 
  • ALL personal uses of Fireworks are prohibited!  
  • ANY fire not within a permanently constructed fire pit, ring, or grate on PUBLIC or PRIVATE land. 
  • Fires contained within portable devices (chimineas, grills and tiki torches with no shut-off valve) on undeveloped lands. 
  • Smoking outdoors in an area that is not cleared of all combustible materials. 
  • No explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on Federal lands. 
  • Using any internal or external combustion engine WITHOUT a spark-arresting device.  
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame in an area that is NOT cleared of at least 10 feet in diameter and NOT in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
What IS ALLOWED?
  • Professional fireworks displays are allowed
  • Fires contained within a permanently constructed fire pit, ring or grate on PRIVATE land; or within a fee-charged PUBLIC recreational site, such as campgrounds.
  • Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices on PUBLIC or PRIVATE land. 
  • Smoking within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or in an area that is cleared of all combustible materials.
  • Shooting or discharging firearms on PRIVATE land or at a PUBLIC Shooting Range.
  • Using internal or external combustion engines WITH a spark-arresting device. 
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions = Red  (click on the flyer to view)


What is NOT ALLOWED? 
  • ALL personal uses of Fireworks are prohibited.  
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire, campfire, or open flame outdoors is PROHIBITED. This includes charcoal grills, BBQs, coal, and wood-burning stoves.
  • Smoking outdoors when not in a developed recreational site or in an area that is cleared of all combustible materials.  
  • Shooting or discharge of firearms for recreational purposes on private or public land.
  • No explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on Federal lands. 
  • Using any internal or external combustion engine (chainsaw, ATV, generator etc.) WITHOUT a spark-arresting device.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch devices with open flame outdoors.  A ‘HOTWORK’ permit can be issued thru a local fire department with a site inspection. 
What IS ALLOWED?
  • Professional fireworks displays are allowed
  • Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices on PUBLIC or PRIVATE land with a shut-off valve. 
  • Smoking within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or in an area that is cleared of all combustible materials.
  • Shooting or discharging firearms for hunting, with a valid and current hunting license on private or public lands.
  • Using internal or external combustion engines WITH a spark-arresting device, and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a round pointed shovel at least 35” long. Both must be readily available for use.

Complete Fire Ban = Black
🚫Complete Fire BAN. 🚫
ALL hot work requires a permit from your local fire authority.
(Call Dispatch (970) 479-2201 to be connected)

NOTE: 🚩Any time a RED FLAG WARNING is issued, increased Fire Restrictions will be in effect for Eagle County as issued by the National Weather Service without any further action by the Sheriff. (see details below)

⛅The NWS (National Weather Service) will announce a Red Flag Warning as issued for weather events that may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. ... The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above. 

For more information about fire restrictions on Federal Lands:

U.S. Forest Service link 

For information about fire restrictions across the State of Colorado:
CO Public Safety link

👉Fire managers, officials, and partners from local, state, and federal agencies want the community to be prepared for wildfire season and fire restrictions in Eagle County.  

  • Check with your local municipality, and fire authority for specific fire restrictions as they arise, inquire about permits for burn activity, and schedule your property for a wildfire assessment. 
  • View a "Fire Wise" checklist for homeowners: HERE
Eagle County is comprised of multiple authorities responsible for managing fire restrictions, including federal public lands managed by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, unincorporated Eagle County, towns, and local municipalities.  The map below is intended to provide an overview of current fire restrictions across these jurisdictions covering all land within the boundaries of Eagle County and is a joint effort between the jurisdictions. 

*View the above map online as a stand-alone here.  To incorporate the KML layer onto your own maps or to embed the map into a website, please contact brandon.williams@eaglecounty.us

Eagle County fire restrictions table: (click on image to view) 
For further clarification on fire restrictions, please contact the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 & press 2 for the general administration line.