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Due to dry conditions, the Arapahoe County Sheriff has issued a ban on all open fires and open burning within Unincorporated Arapahoe County, to include the Cherry Creek State Park and the City of Centennial, effective immediately. The Open Burning Ban will remain in effect until such time as this order is formally rescinded or temporarily suspended by the Sheriff, and such date cannot be determined at this time.
David C. Walcher, Arapahoe County Sheriff, has determined that the existing conditions in the county present an extreme danger for the possibility of wildfire and large wildland fires. The authority to implement the Open Burning Ban within Unincorporated Arapahoe County is provided through Arapahoe County Ordinance #2000-02 and Colorado Revised Statutes 30-10-512 and 30-15-401 (1)(n.5). The authority to implement the Open Burning Ban within the City of Centennial is provided through Colorado Revised Statutes 30-15-401(1)(n.5)(I) and 30-15-401(8).
Prohibited open fires or open burning shall be defined as the usage of any fireworks, and any other outdoor fires including, but not limited to: campfires; fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed camp and picnic grounds or recreation sites, charcoal fueled fires, warming fires; fires in outdoor wood burning stoves (chimney sparks or embers); the prescribed burning of fence lines, fence rows, fields, farmlands, rangelands, wildlands, trash or debris.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Open Burning Ban is enforced as a County Ordinance violation that, upon conviction, could result in fines of $500.00 for the first offense, $750.00 for a second offense, and $1,000.00 for a third and subsequent offenses.
The Arapahoe County and the City of Centennial Open Burning Ban is implemented as result of discussions between Arapahoe County Sheriff David C. Walcher, area Fire Chiefs, the Board of County Commissioners and the City of Centennial.
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