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    Fire ban and fire restrictions remain in place; all personal use of fireworks banned


    • Due to the Governor’s Executive Order to ban personal use of fireworks statewide, the use of all fireworks in unincorporated Jefferson County is banned effective June 15, 2012. This includes ALL FIREWORKS, even sparklers, snakes, etc.

      NO USE OF ANY FIREWORKS ANYWHERE IN UNINCORPORATED JEFFERSON COUNTY.

      NO USE OF TIKI TORCHES OR CHIMINEAS’ ANYWHERE IN UNINCORPORATED JEFFERSON COUNTY.

      NO USE OF PORTABLE FIRE PITS ANWYWERE IN UNINCORPORATED JEFFERSON COUNTY.

      NO USE OF CHARCOAL GRILLS WEST OF C470, WEST AND SOUTH OF C470 AND WADSWORTH BLVD., AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 93 .

      The previous fire bans and fire restrictions that went into place on June 7, 2012 at 12 p.m. remain in place with the changes to the ban on fireworks, Tiki torches, chimineas’, and portable fire pits. The explanation of the restrictions and bans are below.

      Traditionally, there is confusion over what is allowable when the county is under a fire ban and/or fire restrictions. The FAQs’ below address much of this confusion. For more detail, please seethe attached documents.

      Am I in a fire ban or under fire restrictions?

      You are in a fire ban if you are located west of C470, west and south of the intersection of Wadsworth Blvd. and C470, or west of Highway 93.

      You are under fire restrictions if you are east of C470, east and north of the intersection of Wadsworth Blvd. and C470, or east of Highway 93.
      What is allowed in a fire ban?

      Only devices that are liquid fueled or gas fueled are allowed. Simply put, gas grills, gas fire pits, gas stoves, and gas lanterns are allowed. The rule of thumb is whether or not the fire can be “turned off,” rather than “put out.”

      What is not allowed in a fire ban?

      Anything which produces an open flame which is not liquid fueled or gas fueled. This includes charcoal grills, Tiki torches, fire pits, and chimineas’. This includes private residences.

      The use of any fireworks.

      Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or while stopped in an area of at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.

      Using any fire to burn trash, debris, fence rows or vegetation, or any campfire.

      There are restrictions regarding operating a chain saw, operating an acetylene or other torch, welding, or the use of an explosive initiation system. See the attached for guidelines.
    • NOTE: The Sheriff’s Office will strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy on all fireworks violations in the fire ban area.

      What is allowed under fire restrictions?

      Charcoal grill fires at a private residence or within a permanently constructed grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area.

      Any fires contained within liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices.

      Fire pits that are constructed with a permanent fire grate within a developed camp ground, picnic ground or recreation site.
      What is not allowed under fire restrictions?

      Any fire or campfire, not within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area.

      The use of any fireworks.

      Tiki torches, portable fire pits, and chimineas’. This includes private residences.

      Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least three feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.
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    • NOTE: The Sheriff’s Office will strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy on all fireworks violations in the fire restriction area.

      Jefferson County deputies will strictly enforce the temporary fire ban and temporary fire restrictions in the unincorporated areas, to include federal lands. Pursuant to County Policy Part 3, Chapter 6, Section2, authorizing the Declaration of Open Fire Bans, violations of these prohibitions, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine of not more than $600.00. Such act(s) violate section(s)102.8 and/or 308.2.1 of the International Fire Code.

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    June 15, 2012


    Last Updated: 6-18-2013