Larimer County

On recommendation by the Larimer County Sheriff, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners at their regular Administrative Matters meeting today 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 p.m. July 29, 2022 restrictions on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County are extended and stay in effect until 12:01 p.m. Aug. 29, 2022. Also in effect are restrictions on the use of fireworks, combustible devices, public firework displays, and incendiary devices. This is not a fire ban.

Restricted:

• 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:

o 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.

o Wind speed is less than 10 mph.

o 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.

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