Portable or fixed outdoor fireplaces (wood, propane or natural gas) must be at least 15 feet away from a structure or combustible materials except for 1-and 2-family dwellings. However, during a burn ban ALL solid fuels (such as wood or charcoal) are prohibited.
Recreational fires are allowed within the City of Colorado Springs in accordance with the guidelines outlined below and in the absence of a burn restriction or burn ban. A recreational fire is an outdoor fire where materials other than rubbish are being burned and it is not contained in a contained incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit. The 2015 International Fire Code 302 defines these fires as being intended for cooking, warmth, religious, pleasure, ceremonial or other special purposes. They must not have a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter and must be 2 feet or less in height.
This type of fire must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible materials and must not at any point move any closer to the structure than the stated 25 foot distance.
Open burning is NOT allowed within the City of Colorado Springs. Examples of fires that are classified as open burning are ditch burning, fires used for silviculture (forestry purposes), range or wildlife management, the prevention and or control of disease or pests, or wildfire risk reduction.
Only city, county, state and federal agencies with an approved Prescribed Burn Plan and Hazardous Activity Permit are allowed to conduct this type of activity.