Fire Restriction Details

Prohibited During Fire Restrictions

The items below are NOT authorized during fire restrictions. Click the item tab for details.

  1. Fire
  2. Burn Permits
  3. Fireworks
  4. Open Burning
  5. Shooting
  6. Smoking

Image of a campfire at night

The building, maintaining, attending, or using any fire or campfire, not within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area is NOT authorized during Jefferson County fire restrictions.

EXEMPTED:  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.

Allowed During Fire Restrictions

The items below are approved exemptions during fire restrictions. Click the item tab for details.

  1. Fire 
  2. Chain Saw
  3. Charcoal Grills
  4. Chimineas or Portable Outdoor Fireplace
  5. Fire Pits
  6. Heating devices
  7. Permit Fires
  8. Tiki torches
  9. Welding & Cutting torches
  10. Wood Pellet Grills

Recreational fires within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area and not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2015 IFC 307.4.2)

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.

DEFINITION:

Recreational Fire: An outdoor fire burning material other than rubbish or debris where the fuel being burned is not contained in a portable outdoor fireplace or barbeque grill and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or simBarrel Drum Fireilar purposes. This includes fires in barrels and drums; fixed, permanent outdoor fireplaces; and barbeque pit fires.

Enforcement

Jefferson County deputies will strictly enforce the temporary fire ban and temporary fire restrictions in the unincorporated areas, to include federal lands. Pursuant to County Policy Part 3, Chapter 6, Section 2, authorizing the Declaration of Open Fire Bans, violations of these prohibitions, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine of not more than $600. Such act(s) violate section(s) 102.8 and / or 308.2.1 of the International Fire Code.