Quick Links

Black Forest Fire/Rescue will follow the the Guidelines listed below for Slash Pile burning

 

Slash Pile Burning Guidelines Brochure Word Doc

Slash Pile Burning Guidelines Brochure PDF

 

Guidelines 

  • Persons must obtain an Open Burning Air Permit from the County Health Department.  EPC County Health Permit Website
  • Arrange for a site visit with the Black Forest Fire/Rescue District, (this is required prior to permit approval). 
  •  Obtaining an “Open Burning Permit from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. (Must be approved and signed by the Sheriff’s Office and the Fire District) 
  • Maintaining a copy of the approved permit on-site of the burn.  
  • Persons with an Open Burning Permit must notify the Sheriff’s Office and Fire District one hour before commencing burn and at the completion of the burn.
  • Open burns must be constantly and directly attended and observed at all times. Extinguishing equipment must be available for immediate use.

  • Burns must be conducted 50’ or more from any structure or combustible fence. 
  • Burns may only be conducted when actual or predicted wind speeds are 10 mph or less. 
  • For burns above 7000 feet in elevation there must be a minimum of 3” of snow on the ground around slash piles. 
  • Pile size may be up to 8’ wide and at least 4’ tall, with no material greater than 6” in diameter. 
  • If the burn is conducted by someone other than the legal property owner, written permission must be obtained from the legal property owner and submitted with the burn permit. 
  • A reasonable effort must be made to contact and notify adjacent property owners/neighbors prior to burning.