Arapahoe County implements open burn ban

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Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has issued a ban on all open fires and open burning within Unincorporated Arapahoe County, to include the Cherry Creek State Park, and the City of Centennial.

The ban, effective June 13, will remain in effect until formally rescinded or suspended by the Sheriff.

In a statement from the ACSO, Robinson says existing conditions in Arapahoe County “present an extreme danger for the possibility of wildfire and large wildland fires.”

The ban includes open fires or open burning such as fireworks, and any outdoor fires, including, but not limited to: campfires; fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed camp and picnic grounds or recreation sites, charcoal fueled fires, warming fires; fires in outdoor wood-burning stoves (chimney sparks or embers); the prescribed burning of fence lines, fence rows, fields, farmlands, rangelands, wildlands, trash or debris.

The ban is enforced as a County Ordinance violation that, upon conviction, packs a $500 fine for the first offense, $750 for a second offense, and $1,000 for a third and subsequent offenses.

The ban is the result of discussions between ACSO, area fire chiefs, the Board of County Commissioners and the City of Centennial.

For more information contact Sheriff Grayson Robinson at 720-874-4165.

EXCEPTIONS TO BURN BAN

Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas stoves, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves/fireplaces within habitable buildings.

Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled barbecue grills used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.

Charcoal fueled grills and pits used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.

Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled fire pits that do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.

Fires set by any federal, state, or local officer, or member of a fire protection district in the performance of an official duty.

Public fireworks displays supervised by appropriate firefighting/public safety personnel and supported by adequate equipment assigned to be on the scene of such permitted public displays.

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