Governor John Hickenlooper rescinded the statewide fire restrictions yesterday due to improving fire conditions. Restrictions are still in place locally until notified otherwise. For your reference, the stage one and two restrictions are listed below.
Stage 1 fire restrictions:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire or other type of fire is limited to permanent fire rings or grates within developed campgrounds (Exceptions: petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices);
- Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a 3-foot-wide area cleared of vegetation;
- Chainsaws and other internal-combustion engines must have approved, working spark arresters;
- Welding or use of acetylene and other torches with an open flame is prohibited;
- Use of explosives is prohibited (including fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device, which may result in the ignition of flammable material).
Stage 2 fire restrictions:
- All of the above restrictions are in place, in addition to the following:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire, campfire or woodstove is completely prohibited;
- Smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building;
- Use of chainsaws and other internal-combustion engines must be accompanied onsite by a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces weight capacity, and a size 0 or larger round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.