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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Fire ban to take effect in Boulder County

By Sarah Simmons

In response to the increasingly dry summer conditions and recent wildfires in the area, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle has announced he will put a fire ban in place for selected parts of the county.

The ban prohibits open burning and the discharge of any fireworks in certain mountains areas of the county, specifically the areas west of the North and South Foothills Highways and the areas east of the Peak to Peak highway, according to a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office press release.

With the holiday weekend approaching and the expected increase of visitors to forest campgrounds, the ban will allow for gas fuel stoves and fires only in improved and maintained campgrounds.

The campgrounds that will be allowing fires in pre-designated campfire rings on-site include Camp Dick, Peaceful Valley, Pawnee, Olive Ridge, Meeker Park, Mount Alto, SH7, Caribou, Lost Lake and West Magnolia.

For a complete list of campgrounds affected by the ban, visit http://bit.ly/iPYasN.

Cmdr. Rick Brough of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says the fire ban will not affect firework displays put on by the city of Boulder over the holiday weekend, but no fireworks of any kind will be allowed in the area subject to the ban.

“It’s just going to be west of Highway 36 and east of Peak to Peak,” Brough says. “But absolutely no fireworks of any type up in the mountains because, they may be legal fireworks, but because we’re under fire ban, all will be illegal in those areas.”

The ban will go into effect at noon on Thursday, June 30, and continue until the hazardous fire conditions subside, according to the news release. Anyone found in violation of the ban may be convicted of a class 2 petty offense and subject to a $500 fine.

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