Where Are Fires OK When Camping in Colorado? 

While Colorado campfires can add a great deal of fun to your camping trip, you should be careful about what you burn. You should choose a location that is 15 feet from any flammable objects, pack out your butts and cigarettes completely, and put them out. Afterward, if you decide to extinguish the fire, make sure to apply enough water to wet the embers. Although campfires are a great addition to your trip, always follow local rules and check the weather forecast before you start. 

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Stage 1 fire restrictions 

When camping in Colorado, you’ll want to follow the Stage 1 fire restrictions, which prohibit fires of all sizes. Violators of these restrictions can be fined as much as $5,000 and could face jail time. Moreover, they may be held liable for wildfire suppression costs. Currently, Western Colorado is suffering from extreme to exceptional drought conditions, and numerous wildfires are burning there. As a result, there are fire restrictions in place in many areas, including Grand County. 

As of June 15, Colorado will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area. While these restrictions apply to unincorporated areas, they do not affect cities like Montrose, Olathe, Naturita, or Colorado Springs. In addition, they only apply to developed campgrounds. Stage 1 fire restrictions also prohibit smoking and use of explosives, as well as open flame welding. 

Permissible fireworks in unincorporated Arapahoe County 

Arapahoe County is in the midst of a fire ban, and the current stage ban covers all types of open fire, including campfires and fires in permanent fire pits and fire grates in developed camp sites. In addition to open burning, fires fueled by charcoal or gas are also prohibited, but fires using outdoor wood-burning stoves are allowed. Currently, fireworks are legal only in unincorporated Arapahoe County if they are used in professional displays. Fireworks with flames or fuses are also banned, and are prohibited in the city of Boulder. However, novelty items, such as snappers and poppers, ground spinners, sparklers, smoke bombs, and other types of fireworks are permitted. 

Fires can be illegal if you are camping in unincorporated Arapahoe, so make sure you check the regulations to avoid being fined. The Boulder Fire Department recommends following these regulations to avoid getting caught in a fire ban and facing fines. It also advises you to take proper precautions to prevent any damage to property. 

Permissible charcoal grills 

If you’re considering using a charcoal grill while camping in Colorado, be sure to read the state’s laws on this matter before you start grilling. These restrictions are in place because of the danger of fires. Charcoal grills burn all-natural lump charcoal briquettes to create heat. Charcoal grills are permitted in some campgrounds and parks, but not in others. You must be careful not to start a fire too close to any structure, such as an RV or house. 

During the summer, Colorado allows the use of charcoal grills in designated fire pits. These grills are allowed in campgrounds and picnic areas, but charcoal must be disposed of properly in the trash receptacle. Smoking is prohibited in most campgrounds, except for designated areas. Additionally, day-use picnicking is prohibited in all campgrounds from Memorial Day to September because it can interfere with overnight campers. Additionally, horses are not permitted in campgrounds or picnic areas.