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Fire Ban In Effect

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Effective at midnight, March 6, 2017, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader enacted a Stage 2 Fire Ban for Jefferson County. This Temporary Stage 2 Fire Ban supersedes all previous Fire Restrictions and Bans.


This ban is being enacted due to current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources. Conditions will continue to be monitored and restrictions will be adjusted in the coming weeks as necessary.

Pursuant to the Annual Operating Plan regarding the implementation of Fire Restrictions and Fire Bans; and due to the continuing high fire danger condition within Jefferson County,

The following activities are prohibited pursuant to Stage 2 fire ban:

 Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

 No recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

 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, will not be allowed during this ban. (2015 IFC 105.6.32)

 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 a 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. (2015 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. (2015 IFC 105.6.31)

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

Exemptions approved under this temporary Stage 2 Fire Ban:

 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

 Individuals operating 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.


FIREWORKS: As 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.

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