Fire or No Fire?

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoIn spite of the rain, temporary fire restrictions are still in effect, and many counties still have a fire ban. This means an outdoor fire must be built in a permanently constructed fire grate, and any outdoor smoking must be done in a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least three feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. However, there are exemptions to these restrictions. For instance, you are exempt if you obtain a fire permit or you are a Law Enforcement or Fire Officer acting in the performance of an official duty. There are other exemptions outlined by the Jefferson County Sheriff. Do you know what they are?

  • Any fires contained within liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices.
  • Charcoal grill fires at private residences or within a permanently constructed grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area.
  • Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies and for which a valid written permit has been granted in advance by the local Fire Department or District.
  • Permissible fireworks, provided that all combustible material is adequately cleared above and around the fireworks being used.

Check your local county sheriff’s office or website for detailed fire restrictions. The restrictions exist to keep our community safe. Please be aware of the fire danger and take adequate precautions. Thank you!


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