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News Release

Larimer County Loosens Fire Restrictions on Contained Fires

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jul 17, 2012

Contact Information:

CONTACT: Sheriff’s Office, (970) 498-5100,,
For Exemption Information – Contact Larimer County Emergency Services, (970) 498-5300, 5301, 5302
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

Undersheriff Bill Nelson, (970) 498-5103,


The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today rescinded the ban on ‘Contained’ fires and continued the restrictions on Open Fires and the Use of Fireworks beginning Tuesday July 17, 2012 for the unincorporated areas of Larimer County and ending September 30, 2012. The restrictions mean that the public can now have fires in areas with permanent fire structures such as campgrounds. Today’s restrictions were based on a recommendation from Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith.  
  • Contained open fires are not restricted at this time. Because ‘contained open fires’ are not restricted, these are ‘restrictions’, not a ‘ban.’
·         Today’s restrictions mean that no open fires are allowed, no open camp or cooking fires, only “contained’ open fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid or those in permanently constructed, stationary, metal or masonry fireplaces such as those fireplaces located in campgrounds and masonry or metal fire pits. 
 -          It is okay to operate combustion engines with spark arresting devices, properly installed and in working order. 
-          Citizens who live in unincorporated areas of Larimer County can operate a charcoal grill on a non-combustible surface at least ten feet in diameter at their private residence.
-          No use of fireworks is allowed under these restrictions.
-          No agricultural burning is allowed under these restrictions.
-          No open campfires are allowed under these restrictions.
The Sheriff can exempt items from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection.
Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions commits a class 2 petty offense and can be fined.   The County’s complete ‘fire ordinance’ is available at: Individual resolutions such as was adopted today spell out which items from the ordinance are allowed and not-allowed.
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