You might have noticed that it’s been very hot and dry, and there’s a big fire burning in the mountains.
So it’s not surprising that Denver Mountain Parks has announced a burn ban for parks in Jefferson, Clear Creek and Douglas counties.
The parks affected by the ban include: Bergen Peak, Fillius, Genesse, Katherine Craig, Lookout Mountain, O’Fallon, Pence, Bell, Cub Creek, Dedisse, Elephant Butte, Berrian Mountain, Newton, Red Rocks and Little Park in Jefferson County; Echo Lake, Summit Lake, Hicks Mountain, Pence Mountain and Forsberg Park in Clear Creek County; and Daniel’s Park in Douglas County.
A burn ban means:
- no fires except “a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area”
- no smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, at a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is completely barren and free of all combustible materials
- no open burning
- no fireworks of any kind
- no outdoor activities that produce spark or flame
You can still use propane grills while the burn ban is in effect.