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    200 Jefferson County Parkway
    Golden, CO 80401

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    Mark Techmeyer

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    Jenny Fulton

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    Amber Luttrell

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    Dionne Waugh

  • Fire Restrictions Picture Dictionary


    Due to the county's geographic makeup, wildfire is always a concern, and it is a more potent threat during droughts or dry spells. Rainfall and cooler temperatures may reduce the danger of wildfire; however, people are encouraged to be vigilant as the danger of fire is always present in the high country. Citizens should use caution when starting and extinguishing campfires, disposing of lighted cigarettes, and other activities that involve the use of fire or sparks. Warm and windy days can quickly lower the fuel moisture content of trees and grasses, making them susceptible to ignition. Citizens wishing to obtain current fire restriction information, firework regulations, burn permit information, or to report a firework violation are able to dial our Fire Information Hotline at 303-271-8200.

    For more information on what is prohibited and what is exempted during fire restrictions, see our Fire Restrictions Detail page.

  • What is Allowed under Stage One Fire Restrictions? 

  • Charcoal grill fires at private residences or within a permanently constructed grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area. 
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  • Chimineas, fire pits, and tiki torches at private residences or within a developed park, campground, or picnic area.

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

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  • Operating a chain saw with a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in effective working order, and having a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight (8) ounces capacity by weight, and possessing one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six (36) inches. The extinguisher shall be with the chain saw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies, but readily available for quick use.

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  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at least ten feet on all sides from the equipment.
  • 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.


  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.

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  • The use of all fireworks are prohibited in fire restrictions.

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  • NOTE: 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, Section 2, 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.