- Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, chimineas and other recreational fires are popular backyard amenities.
- Smoke from recreational fires can be a nuisance or a health issue to neighbors.
- We encourage residents to reach out and talk civilly with their neighbors to resolve issues.
Outdoor recreational fires are allowed if they follow these rules:
- Fire pits must be a minimum of 25 feet from structures (including fences, decks, sheds) or combustible material.
- Commercially purchased portable devices must be a minimum of 15 feet from structures or combustible material and used according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Burn only firewood, with a fire pile no bigger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
- Anything bigger or involving other materials is a violation unless approved by a permit from West Metro Fire Rescue.
- Fires must be attended at all times.
- Fires must be extinguished with a fire extinguisher, water, dirt or other proper materials.
- Recreational fires are not allowed when the City institutes a citywide fire ban. Please check Lakewood.org/FireRestrictions before starting a recreational fire.
West Metro Fire Rescue investigates complaints
If talking to a neighbor does not resolve a smoke issue and you believe there is improper burning, contact West Metro Fire Rescue at 303-989-4307. For more information, search “fire pits” at WestMetroFire.org.
Winter No-Burn Days
- Between Nov. 1 and March 31, the City enforces EPA wood-burning restrictions. Report illegal wood burning on a No-Burn Day: 303-987-7566
- For air quality reports and no-burn day information, call the Colorado Department of Health’s 24-hour line, 303-758-4848.
Tips on best practices for burning from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Use wood seasoned for at least six months that has been kept dry. Don’t burn wet or “green” unseasoned wood. Don’t burn leaves, branches or living greenery because that is against the law.
- Start fires with newspaper, dry kindling or all-natural fire starters. Never use gasoline, kerosene or charcoal starter.
- Build efficient fires that encourage airflow. For most devices, a smoldering fire is not safe or efficient.
- Consider using manufactured logs and choose those made from 100 percent compressed sawdust.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for the device.
- Remove ashes regularly and put them into a covered metal container. Store the container outdoors on a nonflammable surface.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy.