Fire Permits/Restrictions & Defensible Space

NO campfires are allowed in undeveloped areas of the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest. Fires are allowed in designated metal fire rings in developed campgrounds. Campfires also are allowed WITH A VALID PERMIT on private property, as long as the fire is contained within a commercially manufactured outdoor fireplace or chiminea that has an ember screen, or in a fire pit that has an ember screen. 

The Fire District does not allow control (slash) burning from Memorial Day through Labor Day or when the fire danger is HIGH, VERY HIGH, or EXTREME.  A permit is required to have a control burn and can be obtain at our administrative office during normal business hours.
Recreational (camp) fires are allowed within unincorporated areas of Summit County and within the Town of Blue River (with a permit). 
Backyard fires are permitted when the fire danger is above HIGH.  We encourage those building and maintaining an outdoor fire to use extreme caution when the fire danger is HIGH and above.  Fires are prohibited when the County is under Stage II fire restrictions.  We would ask that you refrain from burning when the fire danger is VERY HIGH, or EXTREME or when there is a Red Flag or Fire Weather advisory. 

Fire Level

Very High


As a reminder, the permit for private backyard fires restricts their use when the fire danger is HIGH or above throughout the Towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon and the unincorporated parts of Summit County.