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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 where 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 units operates as intended. Use natural, untreated wood for burning. It is the recommendation of TLMFPD that the fireplace have a metal grade 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, fire must be constantly monitored until it is out.


Bonfires need to be preapproved by the Fire Marshal and must be at least 50 feet away from any structure or ccombustible 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 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. TLMFPD 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 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 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 a open burn may not be approved via voice mail. Ignition may not start until Verbal approval from TLMFPD.


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 cautions outdoors! 

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


Click here for 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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