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Larimer County Fire Restrictions: Open Fires Extended; Fireworks Not

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jun 4, 2012

Contact Information:

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

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today extended fire restrictions on Open Fires through September 30, 2012 and did not extend COUNTY restrictions on the Use of Fireworks, the Sale of Fireworks, and Public Fireworks Displays for the unincorporated areas of Larimer County past the June 15, 2012 date when they are both set to expire. The restrictions were originally adopted on April 10 and extended on May 15th, 2012.  Today’s second extension on Open Fires was based on a recommendation from Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. The Sheriff’s Office along with the Board of County Commissioners will continue to closely monitor potential fire danger.   
 
Although County restrictions on Fireworks were not extended past June 15, 2012, County residents must still follow State statute and the definitions of what is allowed/not allowed are spelled out in the County’s ‘complete’ Fire Ordinance at http://larimer.org/policies/fire_ban_ordinance.pdf. It reads:
 
-Fireworks shall mean: any article, device, or substance prepared for the primary purpose of producing a visual or auditory sensation by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation.
 
-Fireworks does not include: Toy caps which do not contain more than twenty-five hundredths of a grain of explosive compound per cap; Highway flares, railroad fuses, ship distress signals, smoke candles, and other emergency signal devices; Educational rockets and toy propellant device type engines used in such rockets when such rockets are of nonmetallic construction and utilize replaceable engines or model cartridges containing less than two ounces of propellant and when such engines or model cartridges are designed to be ignited by electrical means; Fireworks which are used in testing or research by a licensed explosives laboratory.
 
-Public fireworks displays shall mean: - any display of fireworks conducted by a qualified pyrotechnic operator in compliance with article 78, section 7802 - fireworks - of the uniform fire code, as amended, and conducted only after the approval by the local fire authority, and compliance with any conditions imposed by the local fire authority.
 
Today’s extension of the opening burning restrictions means 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 located in campgrounds and masonry or metal permanent 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 agricultural burning is 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.   Again, 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: (7)

1. Posted by: tokie856 on Jun 13, 2012 12:20 PM

This following statement from the notice above seems incomplete : "Today's extension of the opening burning restrictions means 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 located in campgrounds and masonry or metal permanent fire pits. " Seems that the author didn't finish their comment and the words "are allowed" are needed to finish the statement. The unfinished statement leads me to believe that "contained" open fires, etc are still allowed. Is that understanding correct? Also the 5th word must be a typo and seems that it should read "open" instead of "opening".

2. Posted by: DeniLaRueCIM on Jun 13, 2012 6:05 PM

Contained open fires are currently allowed. Good catch, yes, that was a typo, I apologize.

3. Posted by: mjmcks on Jun 16, 2012 5:48 PM

I am a wee bit confused. We're coming out to RMNP in mid July. When reading this article, it says "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 contsructed, staionary, metal or masonry fireplaces such as those located in campgrounds and masonry or metal permanent fire pits" Does this mean we are or are not able to have a campfire in Moraine Park Campground? I know they have 'firepits' but are those included in the 'permanently constructed' category? Thanks for any help.

4. Posted by: *betsyh1 on Jun 17, 2012 9:00 PM

We were told this evening (6-17-12) no open fires even in the permanent fire rings for the rest of summer, by the sheriff and rangers, only propane stoves were allowed.

5. Posted by: *betsyh1 on Jun 17, 2012 9:03 PM

We were told this evening in RMNP (6-17-12) no open fires even in the permanent fire rings for the rest of summer, by the sheriff and rangers, only propane stoves were allowed.

6. Posted by: Ksolsberg on Jun 18, 2012 6:43 PM

What about outside RMNP, like in Estes Park East Portal Campground? No fires in the fire rings in the campground?

7. Posted by: nyjetssb3 on Jun 22, 2012 6:53 AM

We are heading up to Estes Park campground cabins (Hermit Park) this weekend. Do these restrictions mean we CAN use the firepits there and cook out on the grills? I haven't been there in a long time but I believe most of the fire burning areas are metal. Thanks.