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Burn Regulations

Open Burning Regulations for Tri Lakes Monument Fire


Recreational fires do not require burn permits. No outdoor burning is permitted during "Red Flag Warning" days, when the National Weather Service informs area firefighting and land use management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire.

Portable outdoor fireplaces of commercial grade do not require burn permits. Follow all manufacturers' suggestions, instructions, and safety precautions to ensure that the fireplace unit operates as intended. Use natural, untreated wood for burning. It is the recommendation of MFD that the fireplace has a metal grate over it to prevent embers from flying and shall be utilized in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. The device shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure and/or combustible material. 


Campfires need to be at least 25 feet away from structures and/or combustible material. 

All cooking fire pits are acceptable, providing that the pit is no greater than three feet in diameter and must have a screen over the fire with water on site.  In addition, the fire must be constantly monitored until it is out.


Bonfires need to be pre-approved by the Fire Marshal and must be at least 50 feet away from any structure or combustible mater.


No burning of trash, garbage, tree stumps, treated wood, pallet wood, lumber construction, material, demolition debris, chemical, plastic, tires, wire insulation, rubber, petroleum-based products, animal waste, food service or industrial waste,  trash, or any substance which, if ignited, may release toxic materials.  


Extinguishment.  All need constant attendance until the fire is extinguished. A fire extinguisher, rated 4-A, water barrel, garden hose, dirt, sand water truck, etc., needs to be ready for immediate use.

Open Burns. MFD follows EL Paso County Sheriff guidelines on burn restrictions.  No open burning is allowed when the EL Paso County Fire Warden has declared a ban on open fires.





El Paso County has strict guidelines. See the link below. Open Burns of Slash piles are allowed only when there are predicted or actual winds of 10 mph or less. All Open Burns of Slash piles conducted above 7000 feet in elevation are required to have three or more inches of snow on the ground around the slash.

Controlled burns shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material. Not to exceed 8X8X8 in size.

The Fire Marshal must be notified prior to ignition and after extinguishing the open burn. Notification of an open burn may not be approved via voice mail. Ignition may not start until Verbal approval from MFD. The Fire Marshal's email is and the phone number is 719-484-0911. 


El Paso County Public Health
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 2044
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 578-3188                     

El Paso County - Burn Regulations


On Red Flag days, we do not recommend the use of campfires or fire pits.  Please use caution outdoors! 

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MFD follows El Paso County Sheriff's guidelines for Fire Restrictions. 
Click here to see the restriction guidelines for outdoor burning.


Click here for the Town of Monument.

Banning Fires in Accordance to El Paso County Fire Restrictions Ordinance 06-2019.


Click here for FAQs on Statewide Fire Restrictions.

Click here for Burn Restrictions CSPD.




Contact Forestry for questions regarding permitted campfires on Mt. Herman.

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