As the dry and warm conditions continue more restrictions are being put in place. The latest are for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.
Officials there have enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the areas in Boulder, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Clear Creek counties.
While Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place, forest visitors cannot:
- Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).
- Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
- Operate a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.
- Weld or operate acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
- Use explosives, including fireworks.
- Discharge a firearm EXCEPT a person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game.
Anyone who violates the rules could face a fines up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization.
The restrictions will stay in place until October 1, 2017 unless specifically rescinded.