Open Fire Management Plan

About the Plan
The Town of Winter Park recognizes that open fires can be a prime cause of forest and brush fires within Grand County, and that smoke from open fires can be a nuisance and a health hazard.

About 45% of all wild fires are caused by human carelessness, and Winter Park's proximity to the Arapaho National Forest dictates that our residents and guests are particularly vigilant regarding fires, whether from barbecues or campfires. By taking the time to provide a safe environment for your outdoor fire, you are helping to ensure the safety of friends and neighbors in our community.

The Town of Winter Park prohibits open fires and burning within the Town limits without prior approval and authorization. Approval for open burning may be given to owners of larger tracts of land, 50 acres, provided they meet the conditions set forth by the Grand County Division of Natural Resources. For more information regarding approval for open burning, please contact the Town Manager at 970-726-8081.

BBQ grills, patio fire pits, and contained campfires are permitted within the Town of Winter Park, provided they are maintained in a controlled and safe manner. The National Fire Protection Association has suggestions on how to protect your property in the event of a wildfire. These suggestions are outlined in their 24 Hours to Success Flyer (PDF).

Safe Campfire Recommendations
Winter Park's proximity to the Arapaho National Forest dictates that our residents and guests are particularly vigilant regarding fires, whether from barbecues or campfires. By taking the time to provide a safe environment for your outdoor fire, you are helping to ensure the safety of friends and neighbors in our community.

Minimum Standards for a Safe Fire Ring

  • Enclosures should be made from noncombustible materials and should be a solid structure, or screened with an eighth of an inch of steel mesh
  • Fires should follow the Rule of 3's: no more than 3 feet in diameter and no more than 3 feet in height
  • Fire pits should be lined with mineral soil or cement
  • A buffer of rock or gravel should extend 18 inches from the fire ring/enclosure
  • A 10-foot radius free of combustible materials should be maintained around the fire ring/enclosure
  • Enclosures/rings should be at least 25 feet from all structures
  • Enclosures/rings must be maintained and cleaned out after each use
Properly Extinguish Your Campfire:
  1. Drown fire thoroughly with water
  2. Stir until cold
  3. Drown fire again and stir
Fire Safety & Common Sense
  • Keep 5 gallons of water and a shovel nearby at all times
  • Do not light campfires or have an open fire when winds are strong
NEVER leave a fire unattended until it has been completely extinguished.