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Fire ban issued for mountain areas of Boulder Co

Posted at 1:32 PM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 15:32:50-04

Boulder County has enacted a fire ban for its mountain areas.

Sheriff Joe Pelle said the ban includes all unincorporated areas west of Highway 93, Broadway Avenue and Highway 36 (North and South Foothills Highways and Broadway Avenue in the City of Boulder) including Rabbit Mountain Open Space and west of Rabbit Mountain Open Space to Highway 36.

The fire ban prohibits:

  • Slash fires
  • The use of any kind of fireworks or model rockets
  • All other outdoor spark or flame producing activities
  • All outdoor burning not listed below as allowable

Fires are still allowed:

  • Indoor fires in fireplaces or stoves
  • Smoking indoors or within an enclosed vehicle
  • Campfires in improved and maintained campgrounds with a limit of two feet in diameter by three feet in height
  • Liquid or gas fuel stove use
  • Charcoal grill use on private land
  • Smoking outdoors in areas free of flammable material
  • Fires contained within maintained fire pits or grates on private land

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class 2 petty offense and may be subject to a $500 fine, in addition to any possible civil penalties.

Several other Colorado counties have enacted fire bans including Elbert, Eagle, Las Animas, Lincoln, Prowers, Montezuma and Huerfano. Contact your local county for information on its fire ban.