By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – A temporary fire ban has been implemented for all lands in Unincorporated Jefferson County. The Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect until further notice due to dry conditions being experienced across the county.


(credit: CBS)

The following activities are currently prohibited…

  • 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.


  • smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.


  • open Burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during these restrictions.


  • the use of fireworks


  • shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.

Fire at Apex Park in Jefferson County (credit: CBS)

Exemptions approved under these temporary 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

•    portable outdoor fireplaces not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area

•    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

•    recreational fires not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area

•    permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act such as professional fireworks displays

•    fire department or district training fires

•    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


Chris Spears


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