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Jefferson County Fire Restrictions Map


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Fire Restrictions - Stage One

Prohibited Pursuant to Fire Restrictions

  • 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.
  • 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 320.8).
  • Open burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during these restrictions. (2009 IFC 105.6.30).
  • The use of all fireworks are prohibited within Jefferson County in a fire restriction.
    Note
    Burn permits issued and not executed prior to the effective date of these temporary fire restrictions shall not be authorized unless approved by the issuing agency on the day of execution.

Exemptions Approved Under Fire Restrictions

  • Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances
  • Approved wood pellet grills
  • Charcoal barbecue grills at private residences or within a permanently constructed grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area and not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. (2009 International Fire Code (IFC) 308.1.6)
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces, Tiki torches, chimineas and fire pits at private residence or in a developed park, campground, or picnic area and 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
  • Individuals operating under any of the above exemptions shall take adequate measures to prevent uncontrolled fires. Possible measures include, but are not limited to:
    • Containers of adequate water or dry soil nearby
    • Shovels, fire extinguishers, or other extinguishing agents nearby
    • Coordination with the local fire department or district to be on scene or standby during an activity

Fire Bans - Stage Two

Prohibited Under Fire Ban

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire
  • No recreational fires, including recreational campfires, portable outdoor fireplaces, Tiki torches, chimineas’ and fire pits
  • 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 320.8)
  • 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)
  • The use of all fireworks, as defined below, are prohibited within Jefferson County
  • Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets
  • 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.
  • Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above 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).
  • Use of an explosive initiation system requiring a burning fuse line

Exemptions Under Fire Ban

  • 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
  • Individuals operating under any of the above exemptions shall take adequate measures to prevent uncontrolled fires. Possible measures include, but are not limited to:
    • Containers of adequate water or dry soil nearby
    • Shovels, fire extinguishers, or other extinguishing agents nearby
    • Coordination with the local fire department or district to be on scene or standby during an activity