FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Larimer County, Colorado –As of noon today, a ban on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County goes into effect. Also in effect, a ban on use of fireworks and public fireworks displays are also restricted but for a specific portion of the unincorporated area:
- the unincorporated area west of County Road 19 (Taft in Fort Collins & Wilson in Loveland), or west of County Roads 21 or 23 where County Road 19 does not exist; and, north of County Road 60, or north of County Road 58 where County Road 60 does not exist. MAP: http://larimer.org/bcc/130625/06252013Fireworks%20Restrictions.pdf
The restrictions are set to expire on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013. Today’s restrictions were based on a recommendation from the Larimer County Sheriff’s office.
- Today’s restrictions mean that no open fires are allowed, no open camp or cooking fires.
- Smoking in the open is not allowed under these restrictions.
- No fireworks or fireworks displays (in the mapped area) are allowed under these restrictions.
- No agricultural burning is allowed under these restrictions.
NOT RESTRICTED TODAY: Contained open fires are not restricted at this time.
- Contained Open Fires mean fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion.
- The use of internal or external combustion engine with a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order and meeting published standards.
- Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures.
- Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal fired grills designed for cooking.
- Charcoal fired grills when used at a private residence and located on a non-combustible surface of at least ten feet in diameter.
- Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid,
The Sheriff may give limited exemptions from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection.
Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions can be fined. The County’s complete ‘fire ordinance’ is available at: http://www.larimer.org/policies/. Individual restrictions such as these spell out which items from the ordinance are allowed and not-allowed.