Burning Restrictions

On April 16, 2007, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2007-02 authorizing the identification of “red flag” fire days; requiring notification to Delta County Communications (Dispatch) before initiating a ditch, field, or agricultural burn; and establishing penalties for initiating a ditch, field, or other agricultural burn on a “red flag” day.

“Red flag” days are days when the danger of forest or grass fires is found to be high as determined by the National Weather Service.  The ordinance requires that individuals must first notify Dispatch of their intent to burn a ditch, field or other agricultural fire.  No fire is to be initiated if the day has been identified as a “Red Flag” day.  The ordinance establishes penalties and fines for violation of either (1) failure to notify Dispatch of the intent to burn and/or (2) initiation of a fire on a “red flag” day.

This ordinance was adopted as an emergency ordinance and became effective upon its adoption on April 16, 2007.

So if you plan to initiate a ditch, field, or agricultural burn within unincorporated Delta County:
  • Call Delta County Dispatch at 399-2955 immediately; and
  • Don’t burn on a “red flag” fire day.

Download the complete “Red Flag” Fire Days Ordinance (PDF file).
Delta County and the State of Colorado have additional restrictions on opening burning.  View additional restrictions.