Jefferson County, CO. – Effective today, July 24,
2018, at 6:00 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader will lift the
temporary Stage 2 Fire Ban for Jefferson County and reinstate Stage 1 temporary
fire restrictions. Recent and predicted weather conditions have reduced the
danger of wildfire; however, a Stage 1 Fire Restriction remains in effect until
further notice as follows:
The following activities are prohibited under
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
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.
NOTE: Users of 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.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed
recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter
that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. (2015 IFC 310.8)
Open burning, including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire
authority having jurisdiction. (2015 IFC 105.6.30)
The use of all fireworks, as defined below.
NOTE: Burn permits issued and not executed prior to the effective date
of these temporary fire restrictions shall not be authorized unless approved by
the issuing agency on the day of execution. Exemptions approved under
Stage 1 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
(2015 IFC 308.1.6)
Portable outdoor fireplaces not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped
area. (2015 IFC 307.4.3)
Welding and cutting torch appliances, as defined below, may only be
operated in an area not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. (2015 IFC
Recreational fires not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area.
(2015 IFC 307.4.2)
Permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing a
prohibited act such as professional fireworks displays. Contact must be
made with the permitting authority to verify the status of permits issued prior
to the establishment of burn restrictions.
Fire department/district training fires.
Burning of explosive wastes by manufacturers of explosives in areas zoned
for industrial use, when the burning is supervised by the fire protection
Open fires or open burning by any federal, state, or local officer in the
performance of official fire suppression functions.
under any of the above exemptions shall take adequate measures to prevent
uncontrolled fires. Possible measures include, but are not limited to:
Containers of adequate water or dry soil nearby.
Shovels, fire extinguishers, or other extinguishing agents nearby.
Coordination with the local fire department or district to be on scene or
standby during an activity.
defined in section 12-28-101(3) C.R.S and shall specifically include
“permissible fireworks” as defined in section 12-28-101(8) C.R.S.
Fire Code (IFC): Latest adopted fire code within Jefferson
County, currently the 2015 edition.
or gas fueled appliances: Appliances such as fire pits, grills, camp
stoves, and Tiki torches that burn liquid or gaseous fuels and can be
shut off. This does not include any device that burns solid fuels such as wood
or charcoal and which must be extinguished.
fire and open burning: Any outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire and not
contained within a portable outdoor fireplace. This includes but is not limited
to campfires, bonfires, warming fires, the lighting of any fused explosives,
permissible fireworks, the use of model rockets, “sky lanterns”, and the
burning of fence lines or rows, grass lands, fields, farm lands, ditches, range
lands, and wild lands. Permits from the fire district are required for open
outdoor fireplace: A commercially purchased portable, outdoor,
solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay,
or other non-combustible material. A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in
design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney
opening at the top. These devices must be operated according to the
manufactures’ instructions with all covers, screens, spark arresters, and
grates in place. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be operated within 30
feet of a structure or combustible material.
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 similar
purposes. This includes fires in barrels and drums; fixed, permanent outdoor
fireplaces; and barbeque pit fires.
areas: Lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered, where grasses, brush,
and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes
green belts that are not landscaped or manicured, open space lands,
non-manicured park lands, and other areas where the fire hazard presented by the
vegetation is determined to be an undue wildland fire hazard.
and cutting torch appliances: Gas cylinder mixtures, electric and/or
portable powered welders, and cutting appliances which produce heat, flame,
sparks, molten metal slag, etc.
Pursuant to County Policy Part 3, Chapter 6 Section Authorizing the
Declaration of Open Fire Bans, violations of these prohibitions, upon
conviction, is punishable by a fine of not more than $600.00. Such
act(s) violate section(s) 102.8 and/or 308.2.1 of the International Fire Code.