Fall FYI: Denver has a ban on outdoor fires, including fire pits

No bonfires. Don't do it, you dancing fools. (Pixabay)

The city of Denver does not allow open burns of any sort. No bonfires, no coal fires, no fire pits, no chimineas.

In other words, your fall bonfire party might need to become a fall gather-around-the-lantern party.

No bonfires. Don't do it, you dancing fools. (Pixabay)
No bonfires. Don’t do it, you dancing fools. (Pixabay)

Denver has instituted this ban because outdoor wood and coal fires emit “significant pollutants, including particulate matter and dioxin, and can be even more harmful to those in the immediate vicinity through the direct inhalation of toxins,” a news release states.

Violations can result in fines up to $2,000, although first-time offenders may get a warning. And from what I hear, Denver folk won’t hesitate to turn your smoking butt in.

Barbecue grills and smokers are still allowed, as are gas-powered fire pits, but not on balconies.

If you really want an open fire, you could try to get permits. You’ll need to get one from the Denver Fire Department and the Department of Environmental Health. You probably will not succeed.

Andrew Kenney

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Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email akenney@denverite.com.