ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office issued a ban on all open fires and open burning within unincorporated areas of the county and the city of Centennial on Monday after a sharp uptick in blazes across the state.
The open burning ban will remain in effect indefinitely. Sheriff David Walcher said existing conditions present an extreme danger for the possibility of wildfire and large wildland fires.
The ban means no campfires, warming fires, fires in outdoor wood-burning stoves (chimney sparks), and prescribed burning of fence lines, fence rows, fields, farmlands, rangelands, wildlands, trash or debris.
There’s a $500 fine for a first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for third and subsequent offenses.
Exceptions to the open burning ban include fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas stoves; fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within buildings; small charcoal or gas grill barbecues used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce open flames 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; and public fireworks displays with adequate firefighting personnel and equipment assigned to be on the scene of such permitted public displays.