Jefferson County implementing FIRE BAN

Fire Danger Very High – No Open Burning

Jefferson County is implementing a FIRE BAN effective at noon on Thursday July 13th 2017. Links to this ban and restrictions by our other counties and the USFS are below. However, due to the increased risk of wildland fire, the Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District strongly recommends that all of our residents observe a fire ban until conditions improve, regardless of which county they reside in.

Boulder County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Gilpin County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Jefferson County Stage 2 FIRE BAN

US Forest Service Fire Restrictions

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions District Wide

Gilpin County has joined Boulder and Jefferson Counties and the Boulder Ranger District of the US Forest Service in enacting Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The entirety of the CCCFPD is now under Stage 1 Restrictions. Links to the full fire restrictions are below:

Boulder County Fire Restrictions

Gilpin County Fire Restrictions

Jefferson County Fire Restrictions

US Forest Service Fire Restrictions

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Drift Smoke

As you have most likely noticed, we have been experiencing quite a bit of “drift smoke.” There is a faint smell of smoke and often a light haze visible here in the canyon, particularly in the mornings and evenings.

This drift smoke is coming from active fires to our west that are quite a distance away and will most likely be noticeable for many days to come.

As always, if you see smoke that you feel is more than a light haze (especially a distinguishable source of smoke), notice a heavy smell of smoke, or for any other reason are concerned that there may be a wild-land fire in our area you may call 911 to have your Fire Department respond and investigate.

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Enforced

Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions

To address increasing fire danger, the Sheriffs of Boulder and Jefferson Counties as well as the Boulder Ranger District of the US Forest Service have enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

Under these restrictions, residents are permitted to have campfires on private property within permanent fire rings so long as the fire is no greater than 2’ in diameter and 3’ in height.

Fires within undeveloped campgrounds where fees are not charged are strictly prohibited. This includes the campsites on Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir.

If you would like to have a campfire on your private property, please do us the favor of notifying Boulder County Fire Dispatch at (303) 441-4444. Doing so helps prevent the fire department from being called out unnecessarily. Links to the full fire restrictions are below:

Boulder County Fire Restrictions

Jefferson County Fire Restrictions

US Forest Service Fire Restrictions

With the approaching holiday, we’d also like to remind you of the rule of thumb regarding fireworks: If it explodes or leaves the ground it is most likely illegal in the State of Colorado.

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Raise your emergency response awareness…

Do you have questions on Emergency Preparedness, Wild-land Fire Mitigation, Fire Bans or Restrictions, Evacuation Alerts and/or Reverse Notifications? What about Animal Evacuations, Sheltering or Registries?

This is your opportunity to get those questions answered:

Tuesday, June 6th

6:00PM

CCCIA

Let’s make this a valuable community event. Let’s raise community awareness and understanding of how to respond in case of an emergency.

Come and meet representatives from each of the three counties that comprise Coal Creek Canyon: Boulder County, Gilpin County and Jefferson County.

See you there.

Highway 72 Road Closure

Do you know multiple routes home?

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Emergency Preparedness Workshop June 6th

Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Is your household prepared for the next emergency? Do you have an evacuation plan for your family and your pets in the event of a wildland fire? On Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00PM we will be holding a Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop at the CCCIA Hall. Various Boulder, Gilpin, and Jefferson County representatives from Emergency Management, Fire Management, Animal Control, and Wildfire Mitigation will be presenting.

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Understanding evacuations, fire bans & more…

Wild-land fire crews size up the situation before engaging the fire

The upcoming Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop will cover public safety mandatory evacuations & pre-evacuations (and go on to include large animal & pet evacuations.)

It will also cover fire bans & levels.

Get your questions answered, and be prepared in case of emergency.

See you there:

Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop – Tuesday, June 6th at 6PM @ CCCIA.

 

 

 

 

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Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Wildfire Preparedness

Is your household prepared for the next emergency? Do you have an evacuation plan for your family and your pets in the event of a wildland fire?

On Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00PM we will be holding a Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop at the CCCIA Hall.

Various Boulder, Gilpin, and Jefferson County representatives from Emergency Management, Fire Management, Animal Control, and Wildfire Mitigation will be presenting.

Please attend this meeting, and please invite your family, friends and neighbors.

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Coal Creek Canyon 9Health Fair – Time Change: 9:30AM – 1PM

Due to the forecasted weather this weekend the Coal Creek Canyon 9Health Fair is now scheduled for 9:30AM to 1PM at the CCC K8 school.

We hope to see you there:

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JeffCo Fire Ban- No Open Burning Until Further Notice

Temporary Fire Ban Implemented in Jefferson County
Sheriff enacts ban in effort to prevent wildfires
Jefferson County, CO. – Effective at midnight, this evening, March 6, 2017, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader will enact a Stage 2 Fire Ban for Jefferson County. This Temporary Stage 2 Fire Ban supersedes all previous Fire Restrictions and Bans.

 

THIS TEMPORARY STAGE 2 FIRE BAN APPLIES TO ALL LANDS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY.

 

These ban is being enacted due to current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources. Conditions will continue to be monitored and restrictions will be adjusted in the coming weeks as necessary.

 

Pursuant to the Annual Operating Plan regarding the implementation of Fire Restrictions and Fire Bans; and due to the continuing high fire danger condition within Jefferson County,

 

The following activities are prohibited pursuant to Stage 2 fire ban:

 

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

 

  • No recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

 

  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. (2015 IFC 310.8)

 

  • Open Burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during this ban. (2015 IFC 105.6.32)

 

  • The USE of ALL fireworks, as defined below, are prohibited within Jefferson County.

 

  • Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.

 

  • Operating a chain saw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in proper working order, and having a extinguishing source, water, pressurized water extinguisher, or a proper chemical pressurized extinguisher, large enough to handle nearby hazards, and possessing at least one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six inches. All must be readily available for quick use.

 

  • Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above in the definition section, shall only be operated within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at least 30 feet in all directions from the operating equipment. (2015 IFC 308.1.6) This operation may only be done during a declared “Fire Ban” upon receiving a permit from the Fire Authority having jurisdiction over the operating location. (2015 IFC 105.6.31)

 

  • Use of an explosive initiation system requiring a burning fuse line.

 

 

Exemptions approved under this temporary Stage 2 Fire Ban:

 

  • Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances

 

  • Approved wood pellet grills

 

  • Permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act such as professional fireworks displays. Contact must be made with the permitting authority to verify the status of permits issued prior to the establishment of burn restrictions.

 

  • Fire Department / District training fires

 

  • Burning of explosive wastes by manufacturer of explosives in areas zoned for industrial use, when the burning is supervised by the fire protection district

 

  • Open fires or open burning by any federal, state, or local officer in the performance of official fire suppression functions

 

  • Individuals operating under any of the above exemptions shall take adequate measures to prevent uncontrolled fires. Possible measures include, but are not limited to:
    • Containers of adequate water or dry soil nearby.
    • Shovels, fire extinguishers, or other extinguishing agents nearby.
    • Coordination with the local fire department or district to be on scene or standby during an activity.

 

Definitions:

 

FIREWORKS: As defined in section 12-28-101(3) C.R.S, and shall specifically include “permissible fireworks” as defined in section 12-28-101(8) C.R.S.

 

INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE (IFC): Latest adopted Fire Code within Jefferson County. Currently the 2009 edition.

 

LIQUID OR GAS FUELED APPLIANCES: Appliances such as fire pits, grills, camp stoves, and Tiki torches that burn liquid or gaseous fuels and can be shut off. This does not include any device that burns solid fuels such as wood or charcoal and which must be extinguished.

 

OPEN FIRE AND OPEN BURNING: Any outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire and not contained within a portable outdoor fireplace. This includes but is not limited to campfires, bonfires, warming fires, the lighting of any fused explosives, permissible fireworks, the use of model rockets, “sky lanterns”, and the burning of fence lines or rows, grass lands, fields, farm lands, ditches, range lands, and wild lands. Permits from the fire district are required for open fires.

 

PORTABLE OUTDOOR FIREPLACE: A commercially purchased portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay, or other non-combustible material. A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening at the top. These devices must be operated according to the manufactures instructions with all covers, screens, spark arresters, and grates in place. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be operated within 30 feet of a structure or combustible material.

RECREATIONAL FIRE: An outdoor fire burning material other than rubbish or debris where the fuel being burned is not contained in a portable outdoor fireplace, or barbeque grill and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. This includes fires in barrels and drums; fixed, permanent outdoor fireplaces; and barbeque pit fires.

 

UNDEVELOPED AREAS: Lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered, where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes green belts that are not landscaped or manicured, open space lands, non-manicured park lands, and other areas where the fire hazard presented by the vegetation is determined to be an undue wildland fire hazard.

 

WELDING AND CUTTING TORCH APPLIANCES: Gas cylinder mixtures, electric and/or portable powered welders and cutting appliances which produce heat, flame, sparks, molten metal slag, etc.

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 of the International Fire Code.

 

 

This temporary Fire Ban becomes effective at 00:00 A.M. on March 07, 2017 and shall remain in effect until superseded or repealed.

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