Several Colorado parks have been placed under a Stage 2 fire ban effective June 15.
A Stage 2 fire ban means park users are not permitted to have campfires, charcoal grills or open flames of any kind, and are not allowed to use fireworks.
In addition, smoking is not permitted, except within an enclosed vehicle or developed trailhead area, and smokers are required to safely and properly dispose of cigarette butts.
Stage 2 restrictions are in immediate effect for all Denver Mountain Parks in:
- Jefferson County
- Clear Creek County
- Douglas County
- A full list of Colorado counties under a fire ban can be found here.
Liquid-fueled or gas-fueled grills and stoves are allowed, but should only be used in developed areas, such as picnicking spots, campsites and trailheads that have been completely cleared of vegetation for at least a six-foot diameter.
This Stage 2 fire ban is temporary and remains in effect until superseded or rescinded by the executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation. Conditions will continue to be monitored and restrictions will be adjusted as necessary.
The full list of prohibited actions are:
- 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.