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|2:33 PM - Aug 8|
We are no longer under fire restrictions but the hot weather persists, at least for now. Lets all be careful out there. The following is from the county's press release yesterday (Tuesday):
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today lifted fire restrictions at their weekly Administrative Matters meeting. This was on the recommendation of Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, “At this time we are not in high fire danger and the fire restriction criteria that we use indicates that we do not need to be in any restrictions. Surrounding County's and the USFS have also removed their restrictions and bans.”
|1:29 PM - Aug 2|
The Arapahoe-Roosevelt Forest has removed their restrictions on open fires although those in Larimer County, for the immediate time being, remain in place. Our monsoon has obviously helped and the absence of repetitive hot, dry and windy days of June and early July have put us in pretty good shape. Accordingly, the Sheriff will recommend to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday the 7th that our restrictions be lifted as well. We will post any such change here and the county's public information officer will do likewise through other channels.
|11:41 AM - Jul 17|
The County Commissioners have pulled back from a complete fire ban which we have had since early on during the High Park Fire and have gone back to fire restrictions. I have cut and pasted our formal press release on this matter below. Rocky Mountain National Park and the U.S. Forest Service as well as the Town of Estes Park have also retreated from an all out ban to restrictions. Just a reminder (which I know is hardly needed by anyone whose been paying attention) - we are still suffering from below normal precipitation for the year and our larger fuels in the forest are still very dry in many parts of the county. Please lets all be careful with fire so we can get through this summer and autumn without additional tragedies.
Larimer County, Colorado – The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today rescinded the ban on ‘Contained’ fires and continued the restrictions on Open Fires and the Use of Fireworks beginning Tuesday July 17, 2012 for the unincorporated areas of Larimer County. The restrictions mean that the public can now have fires in areas with permanent fire structures such as campgrounds. Today’s restrictions were based on a recommendation from Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith.
· Today’s restrictions mean that no open fires are allowed, no open camp or cooking fires, only “contained’ open fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid or those in permanently constructed, stationary, metal or masonry fireplaces such as those fireplaces located in campgrounds and masonry or metal fire pits.
- It is okay to operate combustion engines with spark arresting devices, properly installed and in working order.
- Citizens who live in unincorporated areas of Larimer County can operate a charcoal grill on a non-combustible surface at least ten feet in diameter at their private residence.
- No use of fireworks is allowed under these restrictions.
- No agricultural burning is allowed under these restrictions.
- No open campfires are allowed under these restrictions.
The Sheriff can exempt items from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection.
Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions commits a class 2 petty offense and can be fined. The County’s complete ‘fire ordinance’ is available at: http://www.larimer.org/
|1:17 PM - Jun 20|
Here is the language of the Resolution on open fires in Larimer County referred to in the last post:
|11:18 AM - Jun 20|
There has been a change in the restrictions on open fires in Larimer County. We will supply the full language of the Resolution shortly but for now, be advised that there is now no open fire of any kind allowed in unincorporated Larimer County. Residents of the towns of the county will need to check with your town administrators. On open fire means no charcoal burners of any kind as well as no open fire. Campstoves with switches or dials to turn off and on like a traditional camp stove will still be allowed; those without, such as alcohol burning stoves are illegal until further notice. Given the situation and conditions, this ban will likely last for some time into the future. Changes will be announced here and in the media as well as at the Couty Emergency Information line at 498-5500.
|1:06 PM - Jun 12|
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today approved a ban on the sale and use of fireworks and public fireworks displays for unincorporated western Larimer County (north to south), effective June 16, 2012 when former restrictions retire, through September 30, 2012. Open Fires are already restricted through September 30, 2012.
Specifically the line for the fireworks ban is:
See the full press release.
Information provided by the Emergency Management Office