ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The high fire danger has many cities along the Front Range making open burning bans off limits and along with those fires, charcoal BBQ grills.
There are bans in place for Arapahoe County, Jefferson County west of C-470, Douglas County, Boulder County and Larimer County.
The cities of Englewood, Aurora and Lone Tree also have similar bans for outdoor grilling.
The reaction to the ban is mixed.
“Not a good idea. A $1,000 fine would be an expensive hot dog,” said park visitor Andrew Passino.
At a mobile home park in Englewood, residents try to cook outside to keep their places cool inside.
“We were going to cook some steaks on it tonight and I just found out we can’t do that,” said Englewood resident Kathy Hesser. “We probably won’t cook them. We’ll probably go out. It’s probably good for the restaurants.”
She’s even running her sprinkler nearby the grill but fire authorities believe the chance of a stray ember is just too risky.
“I do think it seems extreme in the city where you have green lawns and sprinklers,” said Hesser.
“The calls we’ve been getting have all been about the charcoal bans,” said Lehrer Fireplace and Patio spokesman Rory Smith.
At Lehrer’s Fireplace and Patio charcoal grills have suddenly become a hot topic. Gas grills are likely to become an even hotter commodity.
“Propane is convenient. We have busy lives, we want to come home and start the fire,” said Smith.