Burn Restrictions


As of Friday, July 19, Elbert County Sheriff Tim Norton has put Stage II fire restrictions in place in Elbert County. Sheriff Norton based the increase from Stage I to Stage II on recommendations of local fire chiefs.

EXECUTIVE ORDER – Modifying Burning Restrictions to STAGE II RESTRICTIONS

July 19, 2019

Pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Sheriff of Elbert County, Colorado, by Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended by Amendment 1 to Ordinance No. 06-01, and Colorado Revised Statute 30-10-512, I, Timothy D. Norton, hereby issue this Executive Order pertaining to the declaration of the open fire and open burning restrictions.

Elbert County has been under Stage III restrictions, based upon recommendations of local Fire Chiefs and the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management, it is determined that a decrease from STAGE III RESTRICTIONS to STAGE II RESTRICTIONS is warranted.

STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall prohibit the following activities:

  1. Open burning, excepting charcoal grill fires, fires in approved portable exterior fireplaces, and outdoor welding or hot work.
  2. Outdoor smoking, excepting smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. The sale or use of fireworks.
  4. Use of educational rockets.

The STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this Executive Order. The STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified by either the Elbert County Sheriff or by the Board of County Commissioners of Elbert County pursuant to Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended.

Elbert County Ordinance 06-01 is available at www.elbertcountysheriff.com under “County Ordinance”.

Sheriff Tim Norton

Elbert County Sheriff’s Office