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Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Implemented in JeffCo

Jefferson County, CO. – Effective at 8:00 p.m. on December 3, 2020, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader will relax the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for all lands in Unincorporated Jefferson County.

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 1 fire restrictions:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area. NOTE: Individuals building exempted, private residential recreational campfires, as described above, are encouraged to contact their local fire agency and advise start and finish times to alleviate smoke check responses.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in 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 these restrictions. (2015 IFC 105.6.32)
  • The USE of fireworks are prohibited within Jefferson County.
  • Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.
  • NOTE: Burn permits issued and not executed prior to the effective date of these Temporary Fire Restrictions shall not be authorized unless approved by the issuing agency on the day of execution.

Exemptions approved under these temporary fire restrictions:
• Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances
• Approved wood pellet grills
• Charcoal barbeque grills not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2015 IFC 308.1.6)
• Portable outdoor fireplaces not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2015 IFC 307.4.3)
• Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above in the definition section, may only be operated in an area no closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2015 IFC 308.1.6)
• Recreational fires not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2015 IFC 307.4.2)
• 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.

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