Boulder County, Colo. – Sheriff Joe Pelle has rescinded the fire ban in Boulder County. The current wet weather has reduced the fire danger threat by increasing the amount of moisture in the grasses and the other fuels.
Although current moisture will lower wildfire severity and potential, local grasses and light flashy fuels will dry out relatively quickly and pose the greatest threat to rapid fire spread. Caution is advised as folks resume using open flame fire for recreational purposes, agricultural maintenance and forest management. Please refrain from burning during windy conditions and have a readily available water supply.
On July 1 the Boulder County Commissioners passed Boulder County Ordinance 2012-02, developing a permitting system that will encompass public health, local fire protection districts, and Boulder County requirements in a “one stop” online application process. In addition, permits may be obtained by mail or picked up in person at many of the county’s public buildings. The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that prior to burning (broadcast burns or slash piles) they must obtain a permit. Agricultural burns and campfires are excluded from the permitting process.
To see current fire and shooting restrictions for United States Forest Service properties visit www.fs.usda.gov/arp and click on “Alert and Warnings.”