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Larimer County Adopts Fire Restrictions on Open Fires & Fireworks

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jun 25, 2013

Contact Information:

Board of County Commissioners, 970-498-7010, bocc@larimer.org
Undersheriff Bill Nelson, (970) 498-5103, nelsonwd@co.larimer.co.us
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150, dlarue@larimer.org


As of noon today, a ban on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County went into effect. Also in effect, a ban on use of fireworks and public fireworks displays are also restricted but for a specific portion of the unincorporated area:
  • the unincorporated area west of County Road 19 (Taft in Fort Collins & Wilson in Loveland), or west of County Roads 21 or 23 where County Road 19 does not exist; and, north of County Road 60, or north of County Road 58 where County Road 60 does not exist. MAP: http://larimer.org/bcc/130625/06252013Fireworks%20Restrictions.pdf
The restrictions are set to expire on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013. Today’s restrictions were based on a recommendation from the Larimer County Sheriff’s office.
·         Today’s restrictions mean that no open fires are allowed, no open camp or cooking fires.
·         Smoking in the open is not allowed under these restrictions.
  • No fireworks or fireworks displays (in the mapped area) are allowed under these restrictions.
  •  No agricultural burning is allowed under these restrictions.
NOT RESTRICTED TODAY: Contained open fires are not restricted at this time.
  • Contained Open Fires mean fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion.
  • The use ofinternal or external combustion engine with a spark arresting deviceproperly 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 ten feet in diameter.
  • Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid,
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 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: (2)

1. Posted by: jlytle777 on Aug 3, 2013 2:10 PM

Just wondering why the fire ban is still in effect while all neighboring counties have rescinded theirs. Precipitation is running well over average and about double last years at this time. Even here in the Carter Lake area we're getting some rainfall almost daily. Why should I be banned from having a small campfire in my back yard while county campers less then 300 yards away can?

2. Posted by: bnewt1974 on Aug 5, 2013 12:22 AM

Department: Board of County Commissioners Release Date: Jul 30, 2013 The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today lifted fire restrictions for unincorporated Larimer County effective immediately. Restrictions on open fires and fireworks had been put in place for portions of Larimer County last June 25. The restrictions had been set to expire on September 3rd..

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