Fire Conditions

FIRE RESTRICTIONS & BANS

By Order of Sheriff Tony Spurlock Stage 1 fire restrictions, are now in place. Ordinance No. O-012-004, restricting open fires, open burning and the use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County.

General guidance for Stage 1 restrictions for unincorporated Douglas County is as follows:

Prohibited Activities:
• Open burning of any kind.
• Use of fireworks.

Allowable Activities:
• 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 permitted according to section 12-28-103 of the C.R.S.
• 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 chimineas 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.

Violation of these fire restrictions is a Class-2 Petty Offense, punishable by up to a $1000.00 fine and a $10.00 surcharge.

For more information about fire restrictions, read the Douglas County Ordinance O-012-004: douglas.co.us/documents/o-012-004-restricting-open-fires-open-burning-and-fireworks-in-unincorporated-douglas-county.pdf

For more information about how fire restriction decisions are made: dcsheriff.net/documents/douglas-county-fire-restriction-criteria-and-methodology.pdf

Jefferson County, Colorado

July 2, 2020 Fire Ban – Stage 2 Implemented

Effective at noon on July 9, 2020, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader will enact a Stage 2 Fire Ban for Jefferson County. This temporary Stage 2 Fire Ban supersedes all previous fire restrictions and bans.

Fire Ban Details

Prohibited Items Under Stage Two Fire Ban

The items below are NOT authorized during a fire ban. Click the item tab for details.

  1. CHARCOAL GRILL
  2. TIKI TORCHES
  3. FIRE PIT
  4. SKY LANTERN
  5. CHIMINEA
  6. FIREWORKS
  7. SMOKING
  8. TRASH BURN
  9. CHAIN SAW
  10. OTHER TORCHES…

image of a charcoal grillCharcoal grills use either charcoal briquettes or all-natural lump charcoal as their fuel source. The charcoal, when burned, will transform into embers radiating the heat necessary to cook food.

A charcoal grill is NOT authorized during a fire ban, including in private residences, as it produces an open flame which is not liquid or gas fueled.

Items Allowed Under a Fire Ban

Only devices that are liquid fueled or gas fueled are allowed. Simply put, gas grills, gas fire pits, gas stoves, and gas lanterns are allowed. The rule of thumb is whether or not the fire can be “turned off,” rather than “put out.”

Click the item tab for details.

  1. GAS GRILLS
  2. GAS FIRE PITS
  3. GAS STOVES
  4. GAS LANTERNS

Gas grill with food on it

Gas grills are allowed under a fire ban. The grill can be “turned off” rather than “put out”.

Additional Information

For information and details on fire restrictions, see the Fire Restriction Details web page. https://www.jeffco.us/517/Fire-Restriction-Details  

July 15, 2020

South Platte, South Park, San Carlos and Pikes Peak Ranger Districts are in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

Cimarron Grassland, Comanche Grassland, Leadville Ranger District and Salida Ranger District are in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

A map of areas where the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands is experiencing fire restrictions can be found here.

Visitors will find any additional fire restrictions implemented by counties adjacent to Forest Service lands in Colorado here and Kansas here