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Broomfield passes open burn restrictions

Due to wildfire season concerns and pending Independence Day celebrations Broomfield City Council approved an emergency ordinance to address unregulated outdoor burning on Tuesday.
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Due to wildfire season concerns and pending Independence Day celebrations Broomfield City Council approved an emergency ordinance to address unregulated outdoor burning on Tuesday.

The Broomfield Police Department teamed with the North Metro Fire Rescue District to draft emergency ordinance language to establish local restrictions on outdoor burning.

Although state level fire restrictions would prohibit outdoor burning, the Broomfield Municipal Code lacked comparable language or enforcement authority.

Broomfield City and County Attorney Christina Pena Helm cited ongoing threats of wildfires as the primary motivation for the code amendment 

“The goal is to regulate outdoor burning,” she said.

According to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control high temperatures and dry conditions are likely to persist this summer, which increases the likelihood of grassland and brush fires along the Front Range.

Ordinance language also includes a citation section, with maximum fines of $2,650 and/or 364 days in jail.

Voluntary compliance is the goal according to Police Chief Enea Hempelmann but citations would be issued if circumstances warranted.

Because the ordinance is classified as an emergency ordinance, it goes into effect eight days after its adoption, which lands on July 6.