Fire restrictions abound in Denver metro area

Posted 7/5/18

Though state law spells out fire restrictions as falling under Stage 1, 2 or 3, allowable activities can vary widely between counties and municipalities. Here's a roundup of some current fire …

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Fire restrictions abound in Denver metro area

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Though state law spells out fire restrictions as falling under Stage 1, 2 or 3, allowable activities can vary widely between counties and municipalities. Here's a roundup of some current fire restrictions in the Denver metro area. For complete lists, go to coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html

Adams County

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Open fires, except in developed campgrounds

Arapahoe County

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Outdoor fires, including developed campgrounds
  • Charcoal-fueled fires
  • Fires in outdoor wood burning stoves
  • Prescribed burning of fence lines and trash

Castle Rock

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Open fires
  • Campfire or stove fires without a permit
  • Smoking unless in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material
  • Welding or the operation of torches with open flame in outdoor areas, including public parks, greenbelts and trail systems, without a permit
  • Internal or external combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order

Denver County

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks

Douglas County

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Open burning of any kind

Elbert County

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Open burning of any kind
  • Outdoor smoking, except smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials
  • Model rockets
  • Indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves without an approved chimney spark arrestor
  • Recreational motor vehicles without a Forest Service-approved spark arrestor

Jefferson County

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Charcoal grills
  • Tiki torches
  • Fire pits
  • Sky lanterns
  • Chimineas
  • Burning trash and brush
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material
  • Chainsaws need to have spark arrestor and fire extinguisher and shovel nearby
  • Welding torches restricted

Lakewood

Prohibited:

  • Fires of any kind, including but not limited to charcoal grills and fire pits
  • Model rockets
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or an area six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material

Parker

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Open burning of any kind

Wheat Ridge

Prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Fires outside of permanent rings or grills
  • Burning of fence lines
  • Smoking in a developed recreation site or while outside unless in an enclosed vehicle or building or standing in an area six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material
  • Model rockets in city parks

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