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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to protecting and preserving the health and environment of the people of Colorado.

Indoor burning restrictions

Restrictions apply November-March

The graphic above shows expected air quality conditions for metro Denver.

During the winter high pollution season (November-March), the graphic indicates whether an air quality Action Day is in effect. During an air quality Action Day, indoor burning is restricted in the seven metro Denver counties:
  • Denver
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • Areas west of Kiowa Creek in Adams and Arapahoe counties
A wood burning device is exempt from burning restrictions if any of the following are true:
  • Device is on a list of certified or approved indoor burning equipment:
    • Phase II EPA-certified stoves
    • Colorado-approved pellet stoves
    • Colorado-approved masonry heaters
  • Device is located above 7,000 feet
  • Device is not certified or approved, but indoor burning is the primary source of heat and an exemption letter has been issued from the state or local jurisdiction