Fort Collins lifts restrictions on outdoor burning

Fort Collins has lifted a temporary ban on outdoor burning.

Just in time for Thanksgiving turkey smoking, the city of Fort Collins has lifted its restrictions on outdoor fire use.

The Stage 2 restrictions, which went into effect Aug. 31, included a ban on outdoor burning such as campfires, fire pits and charcoal grills.

At the time, the city was experiencing degraded air quality because of the Cameron Peak Fire. Other local communities had imposed restrictions because of the extreme fire danger.

Fire restrictions are still in place for unincorporated Larimer County outside of city limits through Nov. 30. That ban includes charcoal- and pellet-fire grills.

The city’s restrictions were lifted by City Manager Darin Atteberry after consulting with Poudre Fire Authority Fire Chief Tom DeMint.

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While the fire restrictions have been lifted, requirements for outdoor burning within Fort Collins city limits still apply, including:

  • Only clean, dry, untreated wood may be burned. Burning yard waste or garbage is prohibited.
  • Fires must be a minimum of 15 feet from any property line, structure or combustible surface.
  • Fires are prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., and must be fully extinguished by 10 p.m.
  • Fires must be attended at all times and have means for extinguishment readily available.

Solid fuel burning grills and smokers may be used and are exempt from these requirements, with the exception of burning yard waste or garbage, according to a city news release.

Residents who are negatively impacted by smoke from someone’s fire may voice their concerns via Access Fort Collins ( or the city’s Nuisance Hotline at 970-416-2200.

For non-emergency health and safety concerns, contact the Fort Collins non-emergency dispatch line at 970-221-6540. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. 

Information about outdoor burning within city limits can be found at

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