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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-October 4, 2021-As the Yampa Valley emerges from summer long 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 or conduct an open burn over the winter.
“Over the past several years, we’ve seen firsthand the impact 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 recreational fire pits that burn wood within the district require inspection and a permit from SSFR. Additional information on fire pits can be found here.
With Mother Nature providing two early season snowfalls, the open burn period for the Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District will start to heat up next month. Open burning is permitted annually within the district from November 1 through April 15.
“Even with the recent snow and colder temperatures, we’re still in drought conditions and have recently seen wildfires break out in the mountain region,” continued Shaffer. “It’s imperative that all the criteria be met before igniting your open 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 emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email