Due to unfavorable weather and fire danger conditions, the City of Golden is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions as of 5 p.m. on Thursday December 23. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent from, but in conjunction with, fire restriction orders in Jefferson County which went into effect on November 19.
All open burning, including bonfires, open flame torches, welding in wildfire risk areas, and model rockets are prohibited. The use of recreational fires within 30 feet of undeveloped areas including green belts and open space lands is also banned. 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 Jerry Stricker will continue to monitor the risks and the weather and reassess as necessary.