Unincorporated areas of western Boulder County
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 25
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
We are enacting Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 25, for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County, this coincides with fire restrictions being put in place by the United States Forest Service.
The fire restrictions are being implemented due to increasing fire danger, lack of moisture, and the forecast for hot temperatures. In addition, severe to extreme drought conditions throughout Colorado and the western United States can impact the ability to obtain suppression resources if a fire is to establish in Boulder County.
The fire ban PROHIBITS:
a. Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes charcoal barbecues and grills.
b. EXCEPT: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites, as specifically listed below in this Section (b)(i), and on private lands along with the use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen is permitted.
i. The following developed and hosted recreation sites allow fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates, in accordance with USFS policies and closures.
1. Kelly Dahl Campground
2. Rainbow Lakes Campground
3. Camp Dick Campground
4. Peaceful Valley Campground
5. Meeker Park Overflow Campground
6. Olive Ridge Campground
7. Brainard Lake Recreation Area (Includes Pawnee Campground)
c. Fireworks sales, use, and possession, including permissible fireworks.
d. Shooting or discharge of firearms for recreational purposes except for hunting with a valid and current hunting license on public lands.
e. Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
f. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.
g. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
h. Using an explosive.
i. Parking motorized vehicles in grass or vegetated area that can come in contact with the underside of the vehicle.
For current fire, shooting and developed recreation site restrictions and seasonal closures for United States Forest Service properties, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/alerts-notices/….
Anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class two petty offense and may be subject to up to a $1,000 fine, in addition to any possible civil penalties. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses.
These fire restrictions are for unincorporated Boulder County. If you live within, or are visiting an incorporated city or town, please check with that city or town directly to see what, if any, fire restrictions they may have in place.
Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District 6/24/21
Friends and Neighbors: be aware that the Forest Service is implementing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for forest lands in our area beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2021. These restrictions do NOT include areas other than National Forest in Larimer and Boulder Counties, but DO include the National Forest bordering Pinewood Springs and Big Elk Meadows. See this link for complete details:
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Due to the forecast of continuing dry and warm conditions, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests’ Clear Creek, Boulder and Canyon Lakes ranger districts along with the Pawnee National Grassland are enacting Stage 1 fire restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 25. Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and remain in place until rescinded.
The following is PROHIBITED under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire (including fires fueled by charcoal or briquettes) outside of a permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate that the Forest Service has installed and maintained at its developed recreation sites (campgrounds and picnic areas)
Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
Operating a chainsaw without an effective and properly installed spark arrestor, a fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and a shovel.
Blasting, welding, or operating a torch with an open flame without being in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and having a fire extinguisher kept with the operator
Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses, blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, tracers, and incendiary ammunition. (Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest lands).
Discharging a firearm, unless lawfully hunting will be prohibited only in Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties to align with county fire restrictions.
Violation of Stage 1 fire restrictions could result in a maximum fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire.
West of the Continental Divide in Grand County, fire restrictions have been elevated to stage 2, prohibiting all campfires, even in campgrounds, as well as smoking outdoors and target shooting. Northwestern Colorado is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions.
Be sure to visit the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests’ Know Before You Go page to see fire restriction orders and maps.