Fire bans affect county, Centennial, Englewood

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Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has issued a ban on all open fires and open burning in Centennial, unincorporated Arapahoe County and Cherry Creek State Park. Englewood followed suit with a ban covering the same activities.

Both bans, effective June 13, will remain in effect until further notice.

In a statement from the sheriff’s office, Robinson says existing conditions “present an extreme danger for the possibility of wildfire and large wildland fires.”

The bans cover open fires or open burning. Banned activities include: the use of fireworks; any outdoor fires, including but not limited to campfires, fires in 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, the prescribed burning of fence lines or agricultural land, burning on wildlands, and any trash or debris fires.

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

The county ban is the result of discussions between the sheriff’s office, area fire chiefs, the county commissioners and the City of Centennial.

For more information, contact the sheriff 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.

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