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The Silver Plume Board of Trustees is considering adopting the Clear Creek County Fire Ban at its next regular meeting on Monday, July 8, 2013.
 
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Jodi Candlin

TEMPORARY FIRE RESTRICTIONS

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY

STATE OF COLORADO

THIS TEMPORARY FIRE RESTRICTION IS IN EFFECT AT 1300 HOURS

06-28-2013 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR UNINCORPORATED CLEAR CREEK

COUNTY AND SUPERSEDES ALL PREVIOUS FIRE RESTRICTIONS AND FIRE BANS.

Temporary Stage 2 Fire Restrictions issued for

the following areas within Clear Creek County:

All lands in the Evergreen Fire Protection District;

Saddleback, Beaver Brook, and Floyd Hill

areascommonly accessed via the I-70 overpass at

Milepost 247, and lands East of the junction of Little

Bear Road and State Hwy 103

TEMPORARY FIRE BAN:

Pursuant to the Annual Operating Plan regarding the implementation of Fire Restrictions and

Fire Bans; and due to the continuing high fire danger condition within Clear Creek County,

the following activities are prohibitedin the Stage 2 Fire Restriction area:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire, including recreational fires and

campfires.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or

while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all

combustible material. (2009 IFC 310.8)

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3. Open Fires and Open Burning, including "bon fires" that require a permit from the

fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during this ban. (2009 IFC

105.6.30)

4. The USE of ALL fireworks, as defined below, are prohibited within the Stage 2 Fire

Restriction area.

5. Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.

6. Operating a chain saw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device

properly installed and in proper working order, and having an extinguishing source,

water, pressurized water extinguisher, or a proper chemical pressurized extinguisher,

large enough to handle nearby hazards, and possessing at least one large size pointed

shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six inches. All must be readily available

for quick use.

7. Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described below in the Definition section, shall

only be operated within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at

least 30 feet in all directions from the operating equipment. (2009 IFC 308.1.6) This

operation may only be done during a declared "Fire Ban" upon receiving a permit

from the Fire Authority having jurisdiction over the operating location. (2009 IFC

105.6.31)

8. Use of an explosive initiation system requiring a burning fuse line.

EXEMPTIONS APPROVED UNDER THESE TEMPORARY STAGE 2 FIRE

RESTRICTIONS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

** Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances

** Approved wood pellet grills

** Permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act such as

professional fireworks displays. Contact must be made with the permitting authority to verify the

status of permits issued prior to the establishment of burn restrictions.

** Fire Department / District training fires.

** Burning of explosive wastes by manufacturer of explosives in areas zoned for industrial use,

when the burning is supervised by the fire protection district.

** Open fires or open burning by any federal, state, or local officer in the performance of official fire

suppression functions.

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REQUIRED MEASURES WHEN USING AN EXEMPTION:

Individuals operating under any of the above exemptions shall take adequate measures to prevent

uncontrolled fires. At a minimum, adequate measures include, but are not limited to:

** Containers of adequate water or dry soil nearby.

** Shovels, fire extinguishers, or other extinguishing agents nearby.

** When appropriate, coordination with the local fire department or district to be on scene or

standby during an activity.

Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions issued for

all areas of unincorporated Clear Creek

County not included in the Stage 2 Fire

Restriction area:

TEMPORARY FIRE BAN:

Pursuant to the Annual Operating Plan regarding the implementation of Fire Restrictions and

Fire Bans; and due to the continuing high fire danger condition within Clear Creek County,

the following activities are prohibited in the Stage 1 Fire Restriction area:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a

recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park,

campground, private residence, or picnic area.

NOTE: Private residential recreational campfires exempted as described above,

are encouraged to contact their local fire agency and advise start and finish

times to alleviate smoke check responses.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or

while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all

combustible material. (2009 IFC 310.8)

3. Open Fires and Open Burning, including "bonfires" that require a permit from the fire

authority having jurisdiction.

4. The USE of fireworks that explode or leave the ground or of any fireworks the discharge of

which are prohibited by §12-28-102(5), C.R.S., except municipal-conducted fireworks shows

with firefighting apparatus and personnel in attendance.

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EXEMPTIONS APPROVED UNDER THESE TEMPORARY STAGE 1 FIRE

RESTRICTIONS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

** Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances

** Approved wood pellet grills

** Charcoal barbeque grills not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2009 IFC 308.1.6)

** Portable outdoor fireplaces not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2009 IFC 307.4.3)

** Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above in the definition section, may only be

operated in an area no closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2009 IFC 308.1.6)

** Recreational fires not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area (2009 IFC 307.4.2)

** Permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act such as

professional fireworks displays. Contact must be made with the permitting authority to verify the

status of permits issued prior to the establishment of burn restrictions.

** Fire Department / District training fires.

** Burning of explosive wastes by manufacturer of explosives in areas zoned for industrial use,

when the burning is supervised by the fire protection district.

** Open fires or open burning by any federal, state, or local officer in the performance of official fire

suppression functions.

** Burn permits issued but not executed prior to the effective date of these Temporary Fire

Restrictions, butonly if re-approved by the issuing agency on the day of execution.

REQUIRED MEASURES WHEN USING AN EXEMPTION:

Individuals operating under any of the above exemptions shall take adequate measures to prevent

uncontrolled fires. At a minimum, adequate measures include, but are not limited to:

** Containers of adequate water or dry soil nearby.

** Shovels, fire extinguishers, or other extinguishing agents nearby.

** When appropriate, coordination with the local fire department or district to be on scene or

standby during an activity.

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DEFINITIONS FOR ALL FIRE RESTRICTIONS:

FIREWORKS: As defined in section 12-28-101(3) C.R.S, and shall specifically include "permissible

fireworks" as defined in section 12-28-101(8) C.R.S.

INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE (IFC): Latest adopted Fire Code within Clear Creek County.

Currently the 2009 edition.

LIQUID OR GAS FUELED APPLIANCES: Appliances such as fire pits, grills, camp stoves, and

Tiki torches that burn liquid or gaseous fuels and can be shut off. This does not include any device

that burns solid fuels such as wood or charcoal and which must be extinguished.

OPEN FIRE AND OPEN BURNING: Any outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire and not

contained within a portable outdoor fireplace. This includes but is not limited to campfires, bonfires,

warming fires, the lighting of any fused explosives, permissible fireworks, the use of model rockets,

"sky lanterns", and the burning of fence lines or rows, grass lands, fields, farm lands, ditches, range

lands, and wild lands. Permits from the fire district are required for open fires.

PORTABLE OUTDOOR FIREPLACE: A commercially purchased portable, outdoor, solid-fuelburning

fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay, or other non-combustible material.

A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in design, or may be equipped with a small hearth opening

and a short chimney or chimney opening at the top. These devices must be operated according to the

manufactures instructions with all covers, screens, spark arresters, and grates in place. Portable

outdoor fireplaces shall not be operated within 30 feet of a structure or combustible material.

RECREATIONAL FIRE: An outdoor fire burning material other than rubbish or debris where the

fuel being burned is not contained in a portable outdoor fireplace, or barbeque grill and has a total

fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial,

cooking, warmth or similar purposes. This includes fires in barrels and drums; fixed, permanent

outdoor fireplaces; and barbeque pit fires.

UNDEVELOPED AREAS: Lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered, where grasses,

brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes green belts that

are not landscaped or manicured, open space lands, non-manicured park lands, and other areas where

the fire hazard presented by the vegetation is determined to be an undue wildland fire hazard.

WELDING AND CUTTING TORCH APPLIANCES: Gas cylinder mixtures, electric and/or

portable powered welders and cutting appliances which produce heat, flame, sparks, molten metal

slag, etc.

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PENALTY:

Pursuant to County Ordinance No. 8, authorizing the Declaration of Open Fire Bans, violator may be

charged with 4th degree arson and/or reckless endangerment or as provided in Clear Creek County

Ordinance No. 8.

June 28, 2013

Don Krueger

Clear Creek County Sheriff

303-679-2376

dkrueger@clearcreeksheriff.us

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