Grass fire

Burn permits

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority This is the official website page for burn permits on parcels within Garfield County.

No open burning is allowed without a permit, and no burn permits will be issued until conditions permit after Labor Day.

Fire restrictions

sheriff's office logoStage 1 fire restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions for unincorporated private and state lands in Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. - Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 12:00 am, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the six fire districts in Garfield County, (Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire, Gypsum Fire and the De Beque and Lower Valley Fire) enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions, until further notice, on all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. With a lower than normal snowpack this past winter; recent hot and dry weather have created high fire danger at elevations below about 8,000 feet.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:

• campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure -- fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable)

• no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas

• no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation

• no use of explosive materials, including explosive targets or bullets

• no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation

• no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

Those found responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

“People in Garfield County understand what fires season is, and we typically see good compliance with fire restrictions, which helps reduce the number of human-caused fires,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone in Garfield County for their cooperation in doing their part to keep us all safe.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, visit the Garfield County Sheriff’s website or the Garfield County website at: or

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Garfield County Emergency Management
107 8th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
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