Arapahoe sheriff hands bans outdoor fires, stoves amid high temps

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AURORA | With temperatures hovering near triple digits and little precipitation in the forecast, Arapahoe County Sheriff David Walcher has imposed a burn ban.

The ban, announced Thursday morning, covers all open fires and open burning in unincorporated Arapahoe County, including Cherry Creek State Park and Centennial.

The ban will remain in effect until Walcher lifts it, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“David C. Walcher, Arapahoe County Sheriff, has determined that the existing conditions in the county present an extreme danger for the possibility of wildfire and large wildland fires,” the statement said.

The ban also covers fireworks of any kind, fire pits, outdoor wood-burning stoves that emit sparks or embers,  prescribed burning of fence lines, or trash, the statement said.

Violations could lead to a $500 fine for a first office and climb to $1,000 for a third.

Gas and charcoal grills, as well as indoor fireplaces, are exempt as long as they do not emit embers or sparks.