Golden Lifts Temporary Fire Restrictions
Golden, Colo. – Aug. 2, 2012 – Jefferson County lifted their temporary fire restrictions on Aug. 1 and Golden has followed suit, effective at noon today. Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced wildfire dangers. Golden has been under various levels of fire restrictions since the end of June.
Smoking in public places is permitted, with the exception of areas already off limits to smokers, and anywhere along Clear Creek.
Charcoal and wood-burning cooking grills were permitted as of July 11 and open burning is now permitted. This includes, bonfires, recreational fires in fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, fire rings, chimineas, Tiki torches, model rockets and fireworks, which had been banned temporarily.
Open burning for anything other than recreational fires always requires a permit from the Golden Fire Department, whether or not a fire ban is in place.
People are reminded to continue to be vigilant, as the danger of wildfire is always present. Use caution when starting and extinguishing campfires, disposing of lighted cigarettes and other activities that involve the use of fire or sparks. Warm and windy conditions can quickly lower the fuel moisture content of trees and grasses, making them susceptible to ignition.
The lifting of these restrictions is subject to change at any time. The Fire Chief will continue to monitor weather conditions and determine what, if any, bans need to be in place to protect citizens and our community.
For more information, contact Golden Fire Department Fire Marshal Jerry Stricker.