Unincorporated Jefferson County enters full fire ban | Environment
Jefferson County, Co. – Effective June 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m., unincorporated Jefferson County entered a county wide fire ban due to the increase in fire hazard conditions. Also, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance giving the Sheriff the authority to ban the sale, use, or possession of fireworks in unincorporated Jefferson County.
Pursuant to the ordinance, the sale, use, or possession of fireworks in all of unincorporated Jefferson County is banned, including all federal lands. Violations of this fireworks ban shall be a class 2 petty offense and the penalty for a violation of this ordinance shall be a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) for each separate violation.
What is allowed in 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.”
- Charcoal grills are permitted at private residences only that are east of C470, east of Highway 93, and east and north of the intersection of C470 and Wadsworth Blvd.
What is not allowed in a fire ban?
- Charcoal grills are not permitted anywhere, including private residences, west of C470, west of Highway 93, and west and south of the intersection of C470 and Wadsworth Blvd.
- Anything which produces an open flame which is not liquid fueled or gas fueled. This includes tiki torches, fire pits, and chimineas’. This includes private residences.
- The use of any fireworks.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or while stopped in an area of at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.
- Using any fire to burn trash, debris, fence rows or vegetation, or any campfire.
- Operating a chain saw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in effective working order, and having a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight ounces capacity by weight, and possessing one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six inches. The extinguisher shall be with the chain saw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies, but readily available for quick use.
NOTE: The Sheriff’s Office will strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy on all fireworks violations in the fire ban area.
These bans are pursuant to the ordinance adopted at Jefferson County, Policy Part 3, Chapter 6, Section 2, authorizing the declaration of open fire and/or firework sale, use, or possession bans.
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