Fire Restrictions

Because of Genesee’s geographic location, wildfire is always a concern. When the potential for wildfire increases, Jefferson County will issue either Stage 1 fire restrictions or Stage 2 fire bans for all of Jefferson County or just the mountain area, which includes Genesee.

You will be informed of these actions through local news outlets, but you can also sign up for automatic notification of changes in fire restriction status or call the JeffCo Sheriff’s Fire Information Hotline at 303-271-8200.

 

If you have contractors working at your residence, please be sure they are aware of the current fire ban status. Current Fire Restrictions

 

STAGE 1

Not Allowed

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate. Note: Private residential recreational campfires are exempted, but homeowners are encouraged to contact Genesee Fire Rescue at 303-526-1230 to advise about start and finish times in order 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.
  • Open burning including “bonfires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction.
  • The use of all fireworks.

Exemptions

  • Use of liquid or gas-fueled appliances.
  • Approved wood pellet grills.
  • Charcoal barbecue grills.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces, Tiki torches, chimineas and fire pits at private residences not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area.
  • Welding and cutting torch appliances may only be operated in an area no closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area.

More information about what is prohibited and allowed during a fire ban can be found on the fire ban detail webpage.

STAGE 2

Not Allowed

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire, 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.
  • Open burning including “bonfires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction.
  • The use of all fireworks.
  • Operating a chain saw without a USDA or SAE approved, functioning spark arresting device properly installed. There must be preparations in place (water and shovel) to put out a fire, if necessary.
  • Welding and cutting torch appliances 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. A permit from the Genesee Fire Protection District is required.

Exemptions

  • Use of liquid or gas-fueled appliances.
  • Approved wood pellet grills.

More information about what is prohibited and allowed during fire restrictions can be found on fire restriction detail webpage.

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