Temporary Fire Ban Implemented in Jefferson County
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 TEMPORARY STAGE 2 FIRE BAN APPLIES TO ALL LANDS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY.
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.