Fire Restrictions in Lakewood

During times of drought and high fire danger, the City can institute:

Stage 1: Fire Restrictions 

Stage 2: Fire Ban

For activities that are prohibited and allowed in these stages, see "What Is/Isn't Allowed?" below.

 
ALWAYS Prohibited

Keep in mind the following activities are always prohibited even when not under fire restrictions or a fire ban:

  • Burning in a careless manner, leaving a fire
    unattended or failing to extinguish any fire.
  • Burning trash or debris.
  • Using ANY fireworks including sparklers, Roman
    candles, sky lanterns or any other device
    containing an explosive substance.
  • Open burning without a permit and failing to
    take adequate measures to prevent uncontrolled
    fires.

 

Please note that due to drought conditions, watering restrictions are also in place. Also, all fireworks are prohibited in Lakewood.

 

 

There are currently no City fire restrictions or bans in effect.
 

If you have a fire emergency, dial 911

Questions? West Metro Fire Rescue, 303-989-4307

Wildfire

What Is/Isn't Allowed?

To help understand the terms used in these regulations, please refer to the Photo Guide at right and to the Definitions at bottom.
Download a handy brochure with this information to take with you.

Fire Photo GuideSTAGE 1: Fire Restrictions

Restrictions

  • No recreational outdoor fires larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height that are not contained in a portable outdoor fireplace or barbecue grill.
  • No bonfires, lighting of fused explosives or burning of fence lines or rows, grasslands, fields, farmlands, ditches, rangelands and undeveloped areas.
  • No smoking in a developed recreation site or while outside unless you are in an enclosed vehicle or building or you are standing in an area 6 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. Permitted smoking in outdoor areas of businesses is allowed. Smoking materials must be discarded in approved containers.
  • No use of model rockets in City parks.

Allowable Activities

  • Liquid or gas fueled appliances including Tiki torches, liquid gas grills and lanterns.
  • Commercially purchased wood pellet grills.
  • Charcoal barbecue grills and portable outdoor fireplaces if they are more than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. Manufacturer’s instructions must be followed with all covers, screens and grates in place.
  • Recreational fires that are more than 30 feet from an undeveloped area and are no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. In park and recreation areas, recreational fires are allowed in designated fire rings or grills that are more than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. 

STAGE 2: Fire Ban

Restrictions 

  • All Stage 1 restrictions remain in place.
  • No recreational fires. This prohibits any outdoor fires not contained in a portable fireplace or barbecue grill, including fires for decorative, pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
  • No welding or operating an acetylene torch with an open flame except inside an enclosed structure or within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at least 30 feet in all directions.
  • No operation of hand-held internal combustion engine (chainsaw) within 30 feet of an undeveloped area without a federal government or Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) approved spark arresting device, an extinguishing source and a large shovel available.

Allowable Activities

  • Liquid or gas fueled appliances including Tiki torches, liquid gas grills and lanterns.
  • Charcoal barbecue grills and portable outdoor fireplaces if they are more than 30 feet from an undeveloped area. Manufacturer’s instructions must be followed with all covers, screens and grates in place.
  • Commercially purchased wood pellet grills.
  • Welding and combustion engines as allowed above in Stage 2 restrictions.

Definitions of terms

Liquid or gas fueled appliance: appliances such as fire pits, grills, camp stoves and Tiki torches that burn liquid or gaseous fuels and can be shut off. This does not include any device that burns solid fuels such as wood or charcoal and must be extinguished.

Portable outdoor fireplace: a commercially purchased portable, outdoor, solid-fuel burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other noncombustible material. It may have a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening.

Recreational fire: any outdoor fire not contained in a portable outdoor fireplace or barbecue grill and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, warmth or similar purposes. This includes campfires, “warming fires,” 55-gallon drum fires and barbecue pit fires.

Undeveloped areas: Lands that are not manicured or watered where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural way, including areas such as greenbelts, open spaces and Lakewood parks that are not manicured.

 

Open Burning: Any outdoor fire larger than a recreational fire that is not contained within a portable outdoor fireplace that has a total fuel area of 3 feet or more in diameter and 2 feet or more in height. This includes, but is not limited to, bonfires, the lighting of any fused explosives, and the burning of fence lines or rows, grasslands, fields, farmlands, ditches, rangelands, and wildlands.