Fire bans for Golden, Boulder County, Jefferson County, Clear Creek County, Douglas County, Parker

Golden, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Boulder County, Clear Creek County and Parker have enacted fire bans this week.

Here are the basic rules for each jurisdiction:

-- Golden

Due to dry weather and strong winds, the Golden Fire Department imposed temporary Stage 1 fire restrictions effective June 12 at 8 a.m. All open burning, including bonfires; open flame torches and welding in wildfire risk areas and model rockets are prohibited. Also banned is the use of recreational fires within 30 feet of undeveloped areas including green belts and open space lands.  Smoking within six feet of any outdoor area not cleared of combustible vegetation is also prohibited.

Exceptions include: supervised public fireworks displays by a state licensed operator; outdoor cooking fires contained within commercial gas fueled grills, enclosed wood or wood pellet grills or smokers; enclosed outdoor fireplaces or chimineas; powered yard equipment for landscape purposes; any federal, state or local law enforcement officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

-- Douglas County

Sheriff David A. Weaver has enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions restricting open fires, open burning and the use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County.

Prohibited activities include open burning of any kind and the use of fireworks.

Allowable activities include fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only; professional fireworks displays; fire suppression or fire department training fires; small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chumminess or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age.

-- Jefferson County

Temporary Stage 1 fire restriction went into effect June 11 at 5 p.m. for all lands in unincorporated Jefferson County.

The following activities are prohibited: Building, 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; 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;open Burning including "bon fires" that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during these restrictions.

Exemptions include the use of liquid or gas fueled appliances; approved wood pellet grills; charcoal barbeque grills not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area; portable outdoor fireplaces not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area; welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above in the definition section, may only be operated in an area no closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area; recreational fires not closer than 30 from an undeveloped area; fire department / district training fires.

-- Boulder County

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle enacted a fire ban effective June 12 at noon for the central mountain corridor of Boulder County. That includes all unincorporated areas between Highway 93, Broadway Avenue, and Highway 36 (North and South Foothills Highways and Broadway Avenue in the City of Boulder) and Highways 119, 72 (Coal Creek Canyon Drive and Peak to Peak Highway), 7 (South Saint Vrain) including Rabbit Mountain Open Space and west of Rabbit Mountain Open Space to Highway 36.

This fire ban allows for: Indoor fires in fireplaces or stoves; smoking indoors or within an enclosed vehicle; campfires in improved and maintained public campgrounds that are currently open to the public, as long as the fuel for such fires are smaller than two feet in diameter by three feet in height; liquid or gas fuel stove use on private and public lands; charcoal grill use on private and public land; smoking outdoors in areas free of flammable material.

It bans all other outdoor burning, slash fires, use of any kind of fireworks, model rockets, and all other outdoor spark or flame producing activities.

-- Clear Creek County

Clear Creek County is enacting a fire ban at 1 p.m. on June 12 for the Evergreen Fire Protection District to include the following: Beaver Brook, Floyd Hill, Saddleback areas and lands east of Little Bear on Highway 103.

The following activities are prohibited: building, 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; 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; open Burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during these restrictions.

Exemptions are use of liquid or gas fueled appliances; approved wood pellet grills; charcoal barbeque grills not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area; portable outdoor fireplaces not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area; welding and cutting torch appliances, recreational fires not closer than 30 from an undeveloped area, fire department / district training fires.

-- Parker

Parker has ordered Stage 1 fire restrictions.

That bans open burning of any kind and the use of fireworks.

Allowable activities include fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only; professional fireworks displays; fire suppression or fire department training fires; small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chumminess or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age.