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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-September 21, 2022-With the recent cooler temperatures and increased precipitation, the City of Steamboat Springs will be lifting local fire restrictions starting just after midnight (12:01 AM) on Friday, September 23.
As the Yampa Valley emerges from the recent fire restrictions, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue (SSFR) wants to make individuals aware of several key factors for those wishing to enjoy their recreational fire pits this fall or conduct an open burn over the winter.
“Although wildland fire activity in our area has been limited this summer, we’ve all seen firsthand the impacts fire can have on the Yampa Valley” commented Fire Marshal Doug Shaffer. “I implore everyone to exercise extreme caution with the use of recreational fire pits, as well as consider alternatives such as recycling, reusing or disposal at a landfill before open burning materials.”
All residential fire pits that burn wood within the district require inspection and a permit from SSFR. Additional information on fire pits and the permitting process can be found here.
The open burn period for the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District will heat up later this fall. Open burning is permitted annually within the district from November 1 through April 15.
“Even with the wet weather this summer, we’re still in drought conditions and have recently seen small wildfires break out throughout the region,” continued Shaffer. “It’s imperative that all the criteria be met before igniting your own burn.”
The following parameters must be met prior to any open burn:
Always observe fire safety guidelines and check the National Weather service Fire Weather pages for local fire weather forecasts: http://www.weather.gov/bou/fire. For additional questions, contact Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue at 970.879.7170.
ContactChuck Cerasoli, Fire Chief, 970.879.7170 or emailDoug Shaffer, Fire Marshal, 970.879.7170 or emailEmily Hines, Marketing & Communications, 970.871.7031 or email