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September 14, 2016

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Fire ban rescinded in Boulder County

Lower temperatures and additional moisture have decreased wildfire risk

Boulder County, Colo. - This morning, September 13, 2016, Sheriff Joe Pelle rescinded the fire ban in place for western Boulder County.

The decreased temperatures and additional moisture we have received have decreased the wildfire danger to our community. Although our risk for wildfire has decreased, we still urge residents and visitors to make sure that any open burning is done in a safe manner. Never leave a fire unattended and ensure that the fire is completely out and cool. Remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Residents are also reminded that although the fire ban has been rescinded, there are still permit requirements in place for slash burning and broadcast burns, also known as prescribed fires. Permits are available online at: www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/pages/openburnpermit.aspx or at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder. Agricultural burns and campfires are now allowed and do not require a permit.

For current fire and shooting restrictions for United States Forest Service properties, which includes most campgrounds in western Boulder County, please visit their website for the most up-to-date information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices.