JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The current fire ban in unincorporated Jefferson County will be lifted on Friday because of recent rainfall and the reduced threat of wildfire.

All areas of unincorporated Jeffco remain under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions that went into effect June 11.

These fire restrictions will remain in place until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area.
  • NOTE:  Private residential recreational campfires exempted as described above, are encouraged to contact their local fire agency and advise start and finish times to alleviate smoke check responses.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.  (2009 IFC 320.8).
  • Open burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during these restrictions. (2009 IFC 105.6.30).
  • — The use of illegal fireworks, as defined below, are prohibited within Jefferson County. (Illegal fireworks are generally defined as anything that leaves the ground or explodes).
  • NOTE:  Burn permits issued and not executed prior to the effective date of these temporary fire restrictions shall not be authorized unless approved by the issuing agency on the day of execution.

Exemptions approved under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

  • —   Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances.
  • —   Approved wood pellet grills.
  • —   Charcoal barbeque grills not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. (2009 IFC 308.1.6).
  • —  Portable outdoor fireplaces not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. (2009 IFC 307.4.3).
  • —  Fire department / district training fires.
  • — Recreational fires, Tiki torches, chimineas and fire pits.  Items must be 30 feet from an undeveloped area. (2009 IFC 307.4.2).
  •  Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above in the definition section, may only be operated in an area no closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. (2009 IFC 308.1.6).
  •  Permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act such as professional fireworks displays.  Contact must be made with the permitting authority to verify the status of permits issued prior to the establishment of burn restrictions.
  •  Burning of explosive wastes by manufacturer of explosives in areas zoned for industrial use, when the burning is supervised by the fire protection district.
  •  Open fires or open burning by any federal, state, or local officer in the performance of official fire suppression functions.
  •  Individuals operating under any of the above exemptions shall take adequate measures to prevent uncontrolled fires. Possible measures include, but are not limited to:
  • —Containers of adequate water or dry soil nearby.
  • —Shovels, fire extinguishers, or other extinguishing agents nearby.
  • —Coordination with the local fire department or district to be on scene or standby during an activity.

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