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Golden, Colo. – March 31, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Golden Fire Department (GFD) is imposing temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. The restrictions are in place to reduce the likelihood of the City’s firefighting resources going toward battling wildfires and in turn, creating another opportunity for virus exposure. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent but in conjunction with fire restriction orders in Jefferson County.
All open burning, including bonfires; open flame torches and welding in wildfire risk areas and model rockets are prohibited. Also banned is the use of recreational fires within 30 feet of undeveloped areas including green belts and open space lands. Smoking within six feet of any outdoor area not cleared of combustible vegetation is also prohibited.
Exceptions to these temporary restrictions include: supervised public fireworks displays by a state licensed operator (subject to specific GFD operational permit requirements); outdoor cooking fires contained within commercial gas fueled grills, enclosed wood or wood pellet grills or smokers; enclosed outdoor fireplaces or chimineas; powered yard equipment for landscape purposes; any federal, state or local law enforcement officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
The fire restrictions will remain in effect indefinitely. Fire Chief Alicia Welch will continue to monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, state/county/city mandated guidelines, and the weather - and reassess as necessary.
Although City facilities are now closed to the public, we are still open for business. Please use the following contact list to reach the City Department you need to speak with.
Please dial 9-1-1 to report an emergency. All other Police reporting needs should go to the non-emergency number, 303-384-8045.
City Manager's Office: 303-384-8011
Utility Billing: 303-384-8023
Sales Tax: 303-384-8024
City Clerk: 303-384-8014
Human Resources: 303-215-8891
Parks and Recreation: GoldenParksAndRecReg@cityofgolden.net
Municipal Court: 303-384-8006
Police Department (NON-emergency): 303-384-8045
Code Enforcement: 303-384-8045
Police Reports/Records: 303-384-8045
Fire Department: 303-384-8094
General City Email Address: email@example.com
Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For information about the City's ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, please visit www.guidinggolden.com/covid-19.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair.