Stage 2 Fire Ban goes into effect Thursday for parts of unincorporated Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A Stage 2 Fire Ban will go into effect Thursday morning for specific parts of unincorporated Jefferson County.

The Sheriff's Office says the temporary ban will cover areas west of C-470, areas west of Highway 93, areas west and south of the intersection of Wadsworth Blvd. and C-470. The ban will also include all federal lands in unincorporated Jefferson County.

Rules of a Stage 2 Fire Ban prohibit:

- Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

- Recreational fires, including recreational campfires, portable outdoor fireplaces, Tiki torches, chimineas’ and fire pits.

- 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 this ban.

- The use of all fireworks, as defined below, are prohibited within Jefferson County.

Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.

- Operating a chain saw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in proper working order, and having an extinguishing source, water, pressurized water extinguisher, or a proper chemical pressurized extinguisher, large enough to handle nearby hazards, and possessing at least one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six inches.  All must be readily available for quick use.

- Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above in the definition section, shall only be operated within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at least 30 feet in all directions from the operating equipment. (2009 IFC 308.1.6).  This operation may only be done during a declared “Fire Ban” upon receiving a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction over the operating location. (2009 IFC 105.6.31).

- Use of an explosive initiation system requiring a burning fuse line.

Exemptions include:

- Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances.

- Approved wood pellet grills.

- Permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing the 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 manufacturer of explosives in areas zoned for industrial use, when the burning is supervised by the fire protection district.

- Open fires or open burning by any federal, state, or local officer in the performance of official fire suppression functions.

Elsewhere in the unincorporated parts of the county, a Stage 1 Fire Restriction remains in effect.

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