Entities across Douglas County have enacted stage one fire bans as temperatures begin to rise and wildfire season draws near.
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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced its ban, which disallows open burning of any kind, on April 21. Fireworks are also banned.
Violations of the policy are punishable by a penalty of up to $1,000 and a $10 surcharge.
Activities that are allowed under the ban include fires within liquid or gas-fueled stoves, indoor fireplaces, indoor wood-burning stoves and charcoal grill fires in developed residential or commercial areas.
Small recreational fires are also allowed at a developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed “permanent metal/steel fire pits.”
Parker, Lone Tree and Castle Rock also announced fire bans.
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