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May contain: flame, fire, and bonfire

Bonfire: An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes. (2009 IFC)


​Open Burning: The 2009 IFC defines open burning as: “The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber.” Under El Paso County Ordinance 19-001, open burning refers to applies to vegetation management burns of clean, dry, natural vegetative material. Open burning does not include recreational fires or the use of portable outdoor fireplaces.


​Open Fire: Under El Paso County Ordinance 19-001, the term “open fire” refers to any outdoor fire including:

  • Vegetation management burns;
  • Recreational, cooking, and warming fires;
  • Prescribed and agricultural burns.


Portable Outdoor Fireplace: A portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay, or other noncombustible material. It may be open in design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening in the top. (2009 IFC)


​Recreational Fire: An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit, and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height. Recreational fires may be used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes.