Larimer County Adopts Fire Restrictions

Fire in the hole (Photo by Tim Van Schmidt)

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners has voted 2-0 to adopt fire restrictions in unincorporated Larimer County due to above normal temperatures, and windy, dry conditions.

As of 6 pm., April 27 restrictions on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County go into effect. These restrictions stay in effect until 6 pm, on May 11. Also in effect are restrictions on the use of fireworks, public firework displays, and incendiary devices. This is not a fire ban.

Restricted:

  • No open fires, including camp or cooking fires
  • Smoking in the open is not allowed, including on trails, parks, and open spaces
  • No fireworks or firework displays
  • No incendiary devices including sky lanterns, exploding ammunition, exploding targets,
  • and tracer ammunition
  • No welding

Not Restricted:

  • Contained open fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion
  • The use of internal or external combustion engines with a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order and meeting published standards
  • Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures
  • Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal-fired grills designed for cooking
  • Charcoal fired grills when used at a private residence and located on a non-combustible surface of at least 10 feet in diameter.
  • Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid
  • Welding and other torch work within an enclosed building
  • Outdoor welding and other torch work provided that:
    • The area where the welding or other torch work is to be performed is free of vegetation for at least 30 feet in all directions
    • Wind speed is less than 10 mph.
    • There is a sufficient amount of fire suppressant immediately available to suppress any fire that may be started
    • Fires in air curtain burners

The Sheriff may give limited exemptions from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection. Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions can be fined. The Ordinance for the Regulation of Open Burning in Unincorporated Larimer County can be found at larimer.org.

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