Burn Permit Information


1. Please read these procedures thoroughly prior to proceeding with the application.
2. Complete the application and sign, accepting terms of permit.
3. Draw a simple diagram of property showing the following:
-Burn location
-All combustible growth such as trees, brush, woodpiles, etc.
-Show required distances from burning location
4. Submit (mail or deliver) completed application with $25.00 permit fee.

Allow up to three (3) business days for site inspection and approval of application. You will be contacted to discuss details as needed for approval.

Permits for open burning are required prior to kindling or maintaining an open fire on any public or private land in Clear Creek Fire Authority Jurisdiction. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land after permit fee has been paid.


Where burning is conducted on public property or the property of someone other than the applicant, the permit applicant shall demonstrate that permission has been granted by the appropriate government entity, the owner, or the owners authorized agent.

Permit shall be kept available on premises designated therein and shall be readily available for inspection by any Authority having Jurisdiction.

Failure to provide and maintain minimum distances, maximum pile size as designated herein, leaving fire unattended or burning of rubbish or hazardous materials shall be cause for immediate revocation of permit.

Opening burning shall be limited to the time period one(1) hour after sunrise to one(1) hour prior to sunset.

Open burning shall be discontinued in event of an approaching storm and/or developing gusty or erratic winds.

Burning materials shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguishment equipment required by this permit and the requirements of the permit application. Burning materials shall be supervised until fully extinguished.

Open burning fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher rated 4-A or better and another approved on-site fire extinguishing material, such as, dirt, sand, water bucket, garden hose or water truck shall be available for immediate use.

Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local conditions make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. Fire and Law Enforcement officials are authorized to order the immediate extinguished by the permit holder or the Fire Department any fire, which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

The location for opening shall not be less than 50 feet from any combustible structure or materials, and provisions shall be made to percent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any combustible structure or materials, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure and within 25 feet of combustible materials.

1. The minimum required distances from a structure can be reduced to 25 feet when the pile size is maintained at three(3) feet or less in diameter and two(2) feet or less in height.
2. Fires in an approved container not less than 15 feet from a structure.

A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in an approved pit or container. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure or any combustible materials shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Maximum pile size allowed for any open burning is five(5) feet diameter and three(3) feet high.

Burning of rubbish as defined herein shall be prohibited.


BARBECUE GRILL – Device or container manufactured specifically for outdoor cooking.

BONFIRE – The open burning of cut trees, vegetation or lumber with a pile size in excess of three (3) feet wide and two (2) feet high.

COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS – Vegetation, trees, brush, grass or any of their by-products. Lumber, paper, rags, boxes, packing material, sawdust, rubbish or any other material ignitable with open flame or embers.

OPEN BURNING – The burning of materials in an outdoor location where the fuel being burned is not contained in a closed chamber or device such as an incinerator, outdoor fireplace or barbecue grill.

OUTDOOR FIREPLACE – A structure built specifically for the purpose of containing an outdoor fire for purpose of heat or cooking. Typically constructed of rock or masonry.

RECREATIONAL FIRE – An outdoor fire for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking or other similar purpose and a total fuel area not exceeding three(3) feet in diameter and two(2) feet in height.

RUBBISH – Waste material including, but not limited to, garbage, trash, plastics, rags, tires, waste paper, cardboard and debris from construction or demolition.

2019 Burn Permit Application