Ban on Fireworks, Open Burning

With the 4th of July right around the corner, Coloradans should be aware that an Executive Order has been issued declaring a ban on private fireworks and open burning such as campfires.  The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division is not issuing any permits during the ban (see their website for detailed information on the ban).  The need for the ban resulted from very dry conditions and the recent disastrous High Park Fire.  According to the Governor’s press release, “The ban does not apply to campfires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed camp and picnic grounds or recreation sites; liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves; fireplaces contained within buildings; charcoal grills at private residences; or specific prescribed or controlled burns for agricultural or irrigation purposes.  Commercial, professional and municipal fireworks displays are allowed when written approval has been granted by the sheriff of the county in which the fireworks display is to occur.”