Fire Restrictions

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During periods of high to extreme fire danger, Douglas County may enact fire restrictions for unincorporated areas based on the following factors:

  • Future weather forecasts, lack of precipitation and heavy fuel loading have created a significant threat of fire in the forests and prairies of Douglas County.
  • Open fires, burning, and fireworks can be a prime cause of forest and grass fires in Douglas County.
  • It is necessary for the immediate preservation of public heath, safety and welfare of the citizens of Douglas County to impose a restriction on all open fires and open burning within the unincorporated areas of Douglas County.
  • These fire restrictions are a proactive approach to eliminate human caused fire ignition sources.

July 26, 2013 –  All Fire Restrictions for unincorporated Douglas County have been lifted

STAGE 1

Prohibited Activities:

  • Open burning of any kind.
  • Use of fireworks.

Allowable Activities:

  • Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only.
  • Professional fireworks displays permitted according to section 12-28-103 of the C.R.S.
  • Fire suppression or fire department training fires.
  • Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age.
  • Professional fireworks displays.

Violation of these fire restrictions is a Class-2 Petty Offense, punishable by up to a $1000.00 fine and a $10.00 surcharge.


STAGE 2

Prohibited Activities:

  • Open burning of any kind.
  • Use of fireworks – including professional firework displays
  • Use of fires in chimineas, other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits.
  • Campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas.

Allowable Activities:

  • Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits or other gas or liquid fueled appliance.
  • Residential use of charcoal grill fires when such use is supervised by a responsible party at least 18 years of age.
  • Fires contained within fire places and wood burning stoves within buildings only
  • Fire suppression or fire department training fires.

Violation of these fire restrictions is a Class-2 Petty Offense, punishable by up to a $1000.00 fine and a $10.00 surcharge.


Additional Resources

  • O-012-004 – Restricting Open Fires, Open Burning and Fireworks in Unincorporated Areas of Douglas County

    An ordinance restricting open fires and open burning in unincorporated areas of Douglas County.

  • Pike National Forest

    In addition, the Pike National Forest may have restrictions on some activities. For updated fire restriction information within the Pike National Forest, call the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610.

    The Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) are nearly 3 million acres and perhaps the most diverse of all national forests. Visitors can choose from the short grass prairies of the eastern grasslands to the alpine tundra of our norther districts and all of the variety in between.

  • Colorado State Office of Emergency Management

    Additional information for other counties in Colorado.

Useful Links

Emergency Management

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7589
Fax: 303.814.8790
Email Contact

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tim Johnson
Emergency Management Director
TMJohnso@dcsheriff.net

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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