City of Rifle Answers Your Burning Questions

Due to extremely dry conditions, effective May 31st, Garfield County enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions which will remain in place until further notice. Pursuant to Rifle Municipal Code 10-10-40 (e), all fire restrictions issued by Garfield County are applicable in the City of Rifle. This leaves Rifle Citizens wondering what they can and can’t do when it comes to fire.

Rifle City Code prohibits open burning from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “Open Burning” includes burning without utilizing some sort of stack or chimney and includes the sale, possession or use of fireworks (RMC 10-10-40).

The restrictions imposed by the Sheriff include:

  • Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable).
  • No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas.
  • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation.
  • No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets or bullets.
  • No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation.
  • No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

What does this mean for your backyard grill or barbeque?  Nothing. Yes, you can still enjoy your burgers and brats whether you are using an enclosed grill or an outdoor fireplace.  But absolutely no fireworks and no burning that excess grass along your property’s fence line.

Until we receive a substantial amount of moisture, please use common sense with anything flammable or capable of creating a spark.

If you have any questions, please call dispatch at 970-625-8095 and ask to speak to Code Enforcement Officer Sara Flores.