It's official, Larimer County is now under a fire ban for the next month, and honestly, I'm surprised it took so long.

With multiple fires blazing around Colorado and, of course, the relentless Cameron Peak Fire just 60 miles West of Fort Collins, a fire ban seems reasonable, if not inevitable.

Rocky Mountain National Park issued a Stage Two fire ban last week following dry and windy weather conditions.

On Monday, the Spring Glade fire west of Loveland was successfully contained, but to prevent further issues, let's get on board with this fire ban. Larimer county has also issued an air quality advisory due to smoke.

The Larimer County fire ban goes into effect on August 18 and remains until September 18.

The fire ban includes:

  • No open fires, open burning, including camp stoves and grills and any cooking fires.
  • No welding, or operating acetylene or other torch.
  • No smoking in the open, including trails, parks and open spaces or outside of buildings.
  • No fireworks or firework displays produced by combustion, detonation or deflagration.
  • No incendiary devices, including sky lanterns, exploding ammunition, exploding targets, and tracer ammunition.
  • No fires in permanently constructed outside stationary masonry or metal fireplaces.
  • No charcoal and wood pellet grills.

Not banned:

  • Operation of an internal combustion engine with a spark arresting device properly installed.
  • Emergency signal devices and flares.
  • Fires and wood stoves located inside permanent structures.
  • Propane grills.

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