EDITOR’S NOTES: With a lot of people going camping, or hoping to do fireworks this 4th of July Weekend, we thought we’d present to you what is going on in our local Boulder and Larimer Counties, so you can make a good decision. We call this “one stop shopping” where we gather information from multiple web sites and put them all in one spot for our Readers convenience. Have a fun safe weekend/week!
RED FLAG STATUS: as of June 29, 2022, only the far NE corner of the state are on Red Flag status. See this page for current status: https://www.weather.gov/bou/fire
Stage 1 — many people don’t know that it includes: 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
NOTE: There are different stages of alerts: Larimer is on “Fire Restrictions” while Boulder is on “Fire Alert” and “Fire Restrictions.”
CURRENT FIRE ALERTS –
Western Boulder County (unincorporated) is still on Fire Stage 1 – see this PAGE for all the details, and links to maps == https://www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/fire-restrictions/?fbclid=IwAR0YSdb-k8rRezcMUdvyDBrjG9WgQNYk78zl26h-PP6azY6aDhPIELr902Q
Western Boulder County (unincorporated) INCLUDES Pinewood Springs, and Lyons and surrounding areas.
The county has had Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in place since June 15, 2022. If either of these counties go into a Fire Alert status, they will automatically move into Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Boulder County / Fire Ban in Larimer County.
The fire restrictions do not affect open fires within incorporated cities and towns, like the city of Boulder; however, residents and visitors must comply with applicable ordinances and regulations in their respective cities and towns. Possible $500 fine, in addition to any possible civil penalties. For more details, Go to: https://www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/fire-restrictions/?fbclid=IwAR0YSdb-k8rRezcMUdvyDBrjG9WgQNYk78zl26h-PP6azY6aDhPIELr902Q
The fire ban PROHIBITS:
==Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire, campfire, or stove fire on public lands. ==This includes charcoal barbecues and grills;
==Fireworks sales, use, and possession, including permissible fireworks;
==Shooting or discharge of firearms for recreational purposes on public lands except for hunting with a valid and current hunting license on public lands;
==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;
==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;
==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;
==Using an explosive or doing any kind of blasting work; and
==Parking motorized vehicles in grass or vegetated area that can come in contact with the underside of the vehicle.
Larimer County: Effective Wednesday June 29, 2022, at 12:00—Fire Restrictions. These restrictions stay in effect until noon, July 29, 2022. Also in effect are restrictions on the use of fireworks, combustible devices, public firework displays and incendiary devices; open fires, including camp or cooking fires; smoking in the open. This is not a fire ban. The danger of wildfire, forest and grass fires are great due to above-normal temperatures, lightning strikes and windy, dry conditions. NOT Restricted: Gas or Liquid Fueled Fires fueled by bottled gas or pressurized liquid shall include but are not limited to portable heaters, cooking stoves, heating stoves, hiking/camping stoves, grills, fire pits, fireplaces, etc. See their web page for the full list: https://www.larimer.gov/spotlights/2022/06/28/larimer-county-adopts-fire-restrictions?fbclid=IwAR2_KvC8tMde_ngWHkFv77v2f5x9m2jLZgeEsBhySdvZNug3049bU3LGi0w
ACTIVE FIRE: 6/28/22 Larimer County and Livermore FPD are working what appears to be several small, lighting-caused wildfires near Halligan Reservoir, about 40 miles north of Pinewood Springs. – 6/29 steady at 150 acres; 50% contained.
Please consult with the above links to get full details and make your decisions based on that.