This intense heat wave coming and going in central Colorado has county governments scrambling to try and avert a potentially disastrous wildfire outbreak.
With high winds and high temperatures, the danger of fire outbreak rises. Two metro-area counties have enacted restrictions on what residents are allowed to burn - and when to burn.
The sheriffs in Jefferson and Boulder counties have enacted stage one fire restrictions. Usually, these restrictions are implemented because of a heightened risk of wildfires breaking out, i.e. dry conditions that are favorable to fires.
Restrictions in JeffCo don't extend to the entirety of the county; only to areas west of Highway 93, west of C-470 and south and west of intersection CO 121 and C-470 all the way to the Platte River.
The following activities are currently prohibited in JeffCo in the aforementioned areas:
➤ Having any part of a recreational campfire, except a campfire in a permanent fire grate
➤ Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation site or while stopped in a barren area of at least six-diametrical feet.
➤ Open burning (bonfires)
Boulder County has implemented similar restrictions - but only for part of the county, specifically the mountain areas. A map is embedded below - it's basically the entire western half of the county.
What the Boulder County ban prohibits:
➤ Having any part of a campfire
➤ Shooting guns for any reason except for hunting with a license
➤ Using a chainsaw without a spark arrester installed - even if you do have one, you must also keep a fire extinguisher with you at all times
Stay safe out there!