The State of Colorado regulates open burning to help protect public health and the environment in Colorado. Burning wood and vegetative products produces an array of harmful chemicals. Carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, formaldehyde and hundreds of additional chemicals are released when wood and other products are burned.
Burning plastics, tires, chemically treated wood products and other man-made materials also produces this type of air pollution. Tiny pieces of material, commonly called particulate matter, are created in the burning process and can be inhaled into our lungs.
The air pollutants produced by burning wood and vegetative material can irritate the lungs, cause breathing problems, trigger asthma attacks, increase the chances of respiratory infection, heart attacks and strokes, and cause cancer.
Current burn restrictions from Garfield County Sheriff