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Larimer County Extends Fire Restrictions on Open Fires & Fireworks Through June 15, 2012

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 15, 2012

Contact Information:

CONTACT: Undersheriff Bill Nelson, (970) 498-5103, nelsonwd@co.larimer.co.us
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150


Originally set to expire today, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners today extended fire restrictions on Open Fires, the Use of Fireworks, and Public Fireworks Displays through June 15, 2012 for the unincorporated areas of Larimer County. The restrictions were originally adopted on April 10, 2012 in conjunction with restrictions on the Roosevelt National Forest. Today’s extension was based on a recommendation from Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith.  
  • Contained open fires are not restricted at this time. Because ‘contained open fires’ are not restricted, these are ‘restrictions’, not a ‘ban.’
·         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. 
-          Smoking in the open is not allowed under these restrictions.
-          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 fireworks or fireworks displays are 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/policies/. Individual restrictions such as these spell out which items from the ordinance are allowed and not-allowed.


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Comments: (4)

1. Posted by: ResponsibleCamper on May 19, 2012 7:40 PM

REALLY Forest Service lawmakers!! So, there's a fire in Boulder County a couple years back (I am UNFORTUNATELY a resident of Boulder County) started by a RESIDENT using poor fire safety on his own property in Four Mile Canyon, and now all of the sudden NO ONE ON THE FRONT RANGE can have a campfire?????? Are you people kidding me?? But, it's ok to burn in an authorized "campground"........go figure...campgrounds get from $15 to $17 per NIGHT in fees for the privilege of CONDO CAMPING - even when we use NO RESOURCES OF THE CAMPGROUND. It's no wonder the Front Range Ranger Districts are trying to HERD us all into campgrounds! This is just ANOTHER FREAKING CONTROL TACTIC by the US Forest Service!! These lands belong to US - the SOVEREIGN CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES......we should be able to have a controlled campfire ON OUR OWN LAND! We will be forced to move to the western slope so that we may be FREE to USE our LAND as we see fit. This means not only will we not be buying gas and groceries, etc. in Front Range establishments; more importantly it means we will be DRIVING FARTHER THEREBY POLLUTING THE STATE MORE THAN NECESSARY to get to areas that DO NOT TRY TO CONTROL US!!! FOR GOD'S SAKE, PEOPLE, WAKE UP AND STOP CONTROLLING THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHO OWN THE LANDS!!!!

2. Posted by: *jack.bashor on May 22, 2012 10:18 AM

I totally agree. We, the citizens should have more say in how OUR US lands are managed. The bureaucrats often make decisions for all of us, without asking us the voters. :-(

3. Posted by: DeniLaRueCIM on May 22, 2012 4:34 PM

Larimer County's fire restrictions are not enacted lightly and when they are it is because we believe there is a risk to public safety.

4. Posted by: havesomesense on Jun 17, 2012 8:27 AM

One reasonable camper does not make a village. Been camping here all my life and unfortunately someone is breeding, educating and or numbing some not so smart people. It is very unfortunate we must have a fraction of government whose mission is to keep us safe from them. Rather than bashing the fraction of our society that is given such a charge, perhaps your energy would be better spent in educating those who lack your skills and or smarts. In addition it is America you can move, there are no victims in your choice of residency only willing participants.

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