FIRE BAN

Fire Ban Information

If you ever have questions on what restrictions apply, or you need to notify the Sheriff’s Office of a controlled burn, call the Sheriff’s Office at (719) 438-5411. The Sheriff’s Office must be notified of controlled burns in Kiowa County.

FIRE BAN STAGES

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STAGE I

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable vegetation.
  • Using explosive material: (ie: fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable material.)
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame.
  • Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained an in effective working order meeting either: The Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1; or The Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335 (b) and J350 (a).

Possible Exemptions

  • Persons with a written permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  • Fires in Constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites.
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  • Mechanical stoves and appliances fueled by bottled or liquid gas which allow the operator to control or extinguish the flame with a valve are permitted
  • provided that such devices are approved by Underwriters Laboratory Inc.
  • Owners or lessees of land in the restricted area.
  • Residents in the restricted area.

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STAGE II

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Using explosive material: (ie: fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable material.)
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame.
  • Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either: The Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335 (b) and J350 (a).

Other possible restricted acts under Stage II

  • Operating a motorized vehicle off designated roads and trails.
  • Operating a chainsaw outside the hours of 5:00 am and 11:00 am.
  • Overnight camping limited to listed campgrounds and recreation sites.

Possible Exemptions

  • Persons with a written permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  • Any Federal, State or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  • Mechanical stoves and appliances fueled by bottled or liquid gas which allow the operator to control and extinguish the flame with a valve are permitted provided that such devices are approved by Underwriters Laboratory Inc.
  • Owners or lessees of land in the restricted area.

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STAGE III

Stage III fire restrictions involve closure of public lands. Evaluation guidelines are reviewed to determine threshold levels that substantiate the need for closures.

Examples include:

  • Potential loss of life due to explosive fire conditions.
  • Potential for extreme or blowup fire behavior.
  • Stage II or Stage III restrictions are not effective in reducing the number of human-caused fires.
  • Resources across the geographic area are at a critical shortage level.
  • Proximity to substantial population centers.
  • The extent of wild land urban interface.