KUSA – The unexpected part of the Father’s Day picnic at O’Fallon Park in Jefferson County was the guy in uniform who went out of his way to say thanks.

“Thank you for bringing out your propane,” said Dennis Brown to the group camped around a gas grill.

The ranger supervisor for Denver Mountain Parks made the rounds Sunday afternoon reminding people of fire danger.

“Were you all aware that there was a fire ban?” Brown asked the group.

The ranger asked the same question to several folks Sunday and explained the Stage 2 fire restrictions that were put in place Thursday for all Denver Mountain Parks properties located in Jefferson, Clear Creek and Douglas counties.

“Stage 2 pretty much is a stop sign,” Brown said. “It says, ‘don’t.’”

The temporary ban prohibits the following actions and forms of fire in Denver Mountain Parks:

- Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material
- Open burning of any kind
- Use or possession of any and all fireworks
- All other outdoor spark or flame producing activities

Coloradans shouldn’t let down their guard on cool, rainy days.

“There are not going to be a lot of days like [Sunday] when we have cloudy weather and overcast and high humidity,” Brown said.

The hot, dry weather will be back and so will high fire danger. Brown said the Stage 2 fire restrictions could stay in place through July 4.

Denver Mountain Parks will continue to allow folks to use grills and camp stoves that use propane gas.