Burning Restrictions

Stage I Burning Restrictions


Due to a dry winter and spring, Delta County is currently under Stage 1 Burning Restrictions, effective May 21, for unincorporated parts of the County.  See our Burning Restrictions Fact Sheet for information on what is allowed and what is not allowed during the restrictions.

Burning Restrictions Under Normal Circumstances (not currently in effect)


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. 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 before you burn; 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.