Larimer County Extends Fire Restrictions

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On recommendation by the Larimer County Sheriff, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners at their regular Administrative Matters meeting recently voted 2-0 to extend the fire restrictions currently in effect in unincorporated Larimer County.

The restrictions have been extended since the danger of wildfire, forest, and grass fires are high due to above-normal temperatures, lightning strikes, and windy, dry conditions.

As of 12:01 pm, July 29 restrictions on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County are extended and stay in effect until 12:01 pm August 29. Also in effect are restrictions on the use of fireworks, combustible devices, public firework displays, and incendiary devices. This is not a fire ban.


  • Open fires, including camp or cooking fires
  • Smoking in the open is not allowed, including on trails, parks, and open spaces.
  • Fireworks or firework displays.
  • Incendiary devices including sky lanterns, exploding ammunition, exploding targets,
  • and tracer ammunition.
  • Welding

Not Restricted:

  • Contained open fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces
  • specifically designed for the purpose of combustion.
  • 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.
    The use of an internal or external combustion engine 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 location on a non-combustible surface of at least ten feet in diameter.
  • 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 thirty feet in all directions.
  • Wind speed is less than 10 mph.
  • There is sufficient fire suppressant immediately available to suppress any fire that may be started.
  • Fires in air curtain burners.
  • Public firework display approved by the appropriate Fire Department or Fire District.

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

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