Fines for starting a fire during a fire ban

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DENVER — With the unseasonably warm, dry conditions along the Front Range, several areas around the state have issued fire bans. Starting a fire during a fire ban can result in a fine and possible jail time.

Arapahoe County

If convicted, there is a fine of $500 for the first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third and subsequent offenses, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Jefferson County

There’s a fine of $250 to $1,000. If the property is worth less than $100 and no one is endangered, fourth-degree arson is a class 3 misdemeanor. Consequences of arson as a class 3 misdemeanor can include up to six months in jail, and/or fine of $50 to $750, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.


The Denver Police Department said there’s a fine of $999 and up to one year in jail if found to set fire that causes property damage. This can increase as charges increase.


If found guilty, a person could face up to a $2,650 fine and one year in jail. The most common violations are having a fire where you shouldn’t or smoking, according to the Lakewood Police Department.

Castle Rock

The Castle Rock Police Department said starting a fire during a ban is a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail or both.