Broomfield City Council Passes Emergency Ordinance Limiting Open Burning – Boulder Daily Camera

An emergency ordinance that will allow Broomfield police officers to enforce open burning restrictions passed unanimously at Broomfield City Council’s meeting on Tuesday.

The emergency ordinance comes ahead of the July 4 holiday to hopefully encourage residents to refrain from fireworks and other outdoor burning activities.

According to the ordinance memo, there are state restrictions that prohibit outdoor burning in certain circumstances, however, these restrictions failed to allow Broomfield officers to monitor and enforce them.

“Monitoring and enforcing laws that restrict hazardous outdoor burning are important to maintaining and reducing the risk of wildfires in Broomfield,” the memo reads.

Senior City and County Attorney Cristina Pena Helm and Broomfield Police Chief Enea Hempelmann presented the order to the city council, acknowledging the growing concern over the Colorado wildfires, especially after the Marshall fire last December.

BPD will work closely with the North Metro Fire District with this ordinance to ensure the ordinance will be effective in mitigating outdoor burning hazards.

The promulgation of this emergency ordinance allows its immediate application, which the city deemed necessary before the holiday weekend.

“The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s 2022 Wildfire Preparedness Plan warns that high temperatures and dry weather will likely persist through this summer, prepping grasslands, such as those near and around Broomfield, for the fires, and states that “Colorado should anticipate an active wildfire season,” according to the memo. “Given the recent and sometimes devastating fires, the growing risk of fire from outdoor burning, and the fact that the fire season is already underway, this order is immediately necessary for the preservation of safety and public welfare.”

The aim of Broomfield officers will be to “voluntarily comply” when a violation is reported, but citations will now be optional under this order.

Open burning permits are required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and can be obtained by applying to the Broomfield Department of Public Health and Environment.

Under this order, there are two levels of fire restrictions, with level one being more lenient and level two being more restrictive. The full list of restrictions will soon be available online since the ordinance was passed, according to Hempelmann.

The NMFD regularly updates its website and social media with current fire bans in the area.

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