July 1, 2008

Burning Ban in Centennial, Arapahoe Co.

By Tillie Fong

An open-fire and burning ban is in effect in Arapahoe County and Centennial.The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office made the announcement Monday, citing existing conditions that present an extreme danger for wildfire and large wildland fires.The ban means that residents cannot have campfires, warming fires or fires in outdoor wood-burning stoves. Residents cannot do any prescribed burns of fence lines, fence rows, fields, farmlands, rangelands, wildlands, trash or debris. However, residents can have fires contained in liquid-fueled or gas stoves, fireplaces and wood- burning stoves inside buildings and can use small charcoal or gas barbecue grills for cooking or warming food, as long as there are no open flames produced.Any fires set by a federal, state or local officer or a member of a fire protection district in the performance of an official duty will be exempt from the ban, as are public fireworks displays with adequate firefighting personnel and equipment on scene.The ban will remain in effect until further notice. It is enforced as a county ordinance, which could result in fines of $500 for the first offense, $750 for the second violation and $1,000 for third and subsequent citation.

Originally published by Tillie Fong, Rocky Mountain News.

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