Statewide Burn Ban Issued by Govenor.
June 15 – Attention Lake County! You can put away those fireworks and plans for any open burning because Gov. John Hickenlooper has banned both across the state.The ban does not apply to campfires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed camp and picnic grounds or recreation sites; liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves; fireplaces contained within buildings; charcoal grills at private residences; or specific prescribed or controlled burns for agricultural or irrigation purposes. Translation for those of you who like to camp below the Sugar Loafin Dam or in most areas of Twin Lakes and Forebay – no campfires! If you are unsure if this applies to your camping plans, please contact the US Forest Service Leadville District Office at 719-486-0749.
In addition, commercial, professional and municipal fireworks displays are allowed when written approval has been granted by the sheriff of the county in which the fireworks display is to occur. Fortunately, the Leadville Lions Tony Hren Memorial Fireworks Display is still scheduled as planned.
Of course, the decision was fueled in part by the High Park Wildfire outside of Fort Collins and very dry conditions across most of the state. In fact, while Lake County has not one of them, 64 of Colorado counties had already imposed burn bans. However, the Governor’s statewide ban, supersedes any county bans.