Open burn season in Steamboat ends April 15 |

Open burn season in Steamboat ends April 15

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As the snow melts, the open burn season for the Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District is also coming to an end Monday, April 15. The open burn period runs each year from Nov. 1 through April 15.

“We’re well into melt-off, and some areas are already drying out,” Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Fire Chief Mel Stewart said. “With less than a week left in the open burn period, it’s imperative that all the criteria be meet before igniting your burn.”

The following parameters must be met prior to any open burn:

  • A smoke dispersal permit must be issued by the Routt County Department of Environmental Health.
  • Burn piles must be less than 10-by-10-by-10 feet and be devoid of any trash or materials more suited for the landfill.
  • There must be 6 inches or more of snow on the ground at and around the burn site.
  • Burning must be started prior to 11 a.m., monitored at all times and be out by sunset.
  • Routt County Communications must be called at 970-879-1110 prior to starting the burn.

This burn season criteria only applies to the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District. Contact other fire districts to obtain their requirements for open burning.

“Even with all the snow the area has received this winter, please use extreme caution during any open burn and consider alternatives before open burning for materials through recycling, reusing or disposal at a landfill,” Stewart said.

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