By order of Sheriff Tony Spurlock, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place. Ordinance No. O-012-004 restricts open fires, open burning and the use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County, including the City of Castle Pines.
The National Forest Service has also issued Stage 1 Fire restrictions. The Forest Service restriction includes a ban on target shooting on Forest Service Lands.
General Guidance on Stage 1 restrictions for Unincorporated Douglas County and Castle Pines include:
- Open burning of any kind.
- Use of fireworks.
- Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only.
- Professional fireworks displays permitted according to section 12-28-103 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
- Fire suppression or fire department training fires.
- Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed, permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet.
- Residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age.
Violation of these fire restrictions is a Class-2 Petty Offense, punishable by up to a $1000 fine.
Additional information on fire restriction stages can be found online.