Wheat Ridge Fire Restrictions

With the high fire danger across our state this year due to the lack of rain, please safely extinguish cigarettes inside your car or in appropriate containers, monitor camp fires and put them out before departing campgrounds, and ensure backyard portable fireplaces have screens to contain sparks and ash.

To keep residents informed on the terms of a Stage 1 Restriction, should that restriction be imposed, please review the information below. Definitions and other information related to fire restrictions are provided courtesy of the City of Lakewood and West Metro Fire Rescue.

STAGE 1: Fire Restrictions


  • No bonfires, lighting of fused explosives or burning of fence lines or rows, grasslands, fields, farmlands, ditches, rangelands and undeveloped areas.
  • No smoking in a developed recreation site or while outside unless you are in an enclosed vehicle or building or you are standing in an area 6 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. Permitted smoking in outdoor areas of businesses is allowed. Smoking materials must be discarded in approved containers.
  • No use of model rockets in City parks.
  • In parks and recreational areas, no fires outside of permanent rings or grills. Please use extra caution.

Allowable Activities in residential and business areas

  • Liquid or gas fueled appliances including Tiki torches, liquid gas grills and lanterns.
  • Commercially purchased wood pellet grills.
  • Charcoal barbecue grills and portable outdoor fireplaces if they are more than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. Manufacturer’s instructions must be followed with all covers, screens and grates in place.
  • Recreational fires that are more than 30 feet from an undeveloped area and are no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Definitions of terms

Liquid or gas fueled appliance: appliances such as fire pits, grills, camp stoves and Tiki torches that burn liquid or gaseous fuels and can be shut off. This does not include any device that burns solid fuels such as wood or charcoal and must be extinguished.

Portable outdoor fireplace: a commercially purchased portable, outdoor, solid-fuel burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other noncombustible material. It may have a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening.

Recreational fire: any outdoor fire not contained in a portable outdoor fireplace or barbecue grill and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, warmth or similar purposes. This includes campfires, “warming fires,” 55-gallon drum fires and barbecue pit fires.

Undeveloped areas: Lands that are not manicured or watered where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural way, including areas such as greenbelts, open spaces and Wheat Ridge parks that are not manicured.

Open Burning: Any outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire that is not contained within a portable outdoor fireplace that has a total fuel area of 3 feet or more in diameter and 2 feet or more in height. This includes, but is not limited to, bonfires, the lighting of any fused explosives, and the burning of fence lines or rows, grasslands, fields, farmlands, ditches, rangelands, and wildlands. Contact West Metro Fire for permit information.

Images of types of fires like pits, grils, etc