Level 2 Fire Restrictions in effect for all areas of unincorporated Boulder County (See flyer). For updates on active fires, follow BoulderOEM

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Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions

Level 2 Fire Restrictions - October 12, 2020

Sheriff Joe Pelle has amended the Level 2 Fire Restrictions, effective immediately, Monday October 12, to include all areas of unincorporated Boulder County. The inclusion of eastern Boulder County is due to high fire danger caused by very low humidity levels and above normal daytime temperatures, with no significant relief in the forecast. Please see the associated ordinance, press release, and flyer.

For people living or visiting a municipality in Boulder County, you need to check with them directly about current fire restrictions. The above information is only for unincorporated Boulder County.

Photo of fire ban sign in Boulder County

When a fire ban is enacted, signs like this one are posted around the county.

Information on Fire Restrictions

Fire restrictions can be enacted either by the Sheriff, the Board of County Commissioners, or the State when certain outdoor conditions are met.

During any of the following weather events, open burning is not allowed in unincorporated Boulder County from time of issuance until midnight in which the event expires: Red Flag Warning, High Wind Warning, High Wind Watch and Fire Danger Warning. Check the local forecast for up to date information.

It is CRITICAL that visitors and residents alike do everything possible to prevent fires of all kinds. Please do what you can to protect our beautiful lands, homes and wildlife areas from the devastating effects of wildfires.

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