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News Release

Larimer County Adopts Fire Restrictions on Open Fires & Fireworks

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jun 25, 2013

Contact Information:

Board of County Commissioners, 970-498-7010,
Undersheriff Bill Nelson, (970) 498-5103,
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150,


As of noon today, a ban on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County went 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:
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 ofinternal or external combustion engine with a spark arresting deviceproperly 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: Individual restrictions such as these spell out which items from the ordinance are allowed and not-allowed.   #####
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