By Jesse Sarles

(CBS4) – Unincorporated parts of western Boulder County are now under Stage 1 fire restrictions. It’s a result of the persistent dry, warm weather on Colorado’s Front Range.

The fire ban prohibits open fires, campfires and stove fires including charcoal barbecue grills in the county’s foothills and mountain areas.

One of the exceptions to the ban includes fires in permanent fire pits at some open spaces.

Violators could face a $1,000 fine.

Neighboring Jefferson County also has some fire restrictions in effect, as does Clear Creek County.

Jesse Sarles