Emergency Status
Apr 09

Boulder County enacts Level 1 Fire Restrictions

These restrictions apply to the unincorporated mountain areas of Boulder County and are being enacted while firefighting and law enforcement resources are limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of County Commissioners has enacted Level 1 Fire Restrictions, effective immediately, for the unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

While current weather and fire conditions do not meet the state-authorized levels for law enforcement agencies to enact local fire restrictions, the Boulder County Commissioners do have the authority to implement these fire restrictions under the county’s declaration of a local disaster emergency for unincorporated Boulder County (enacted March 14, 2020).

“With firefighting and law enforcement resources stretched thin due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boulder County Commissioners and the Boulder County Sheriff are concerned that adding the potential risk of increased wildfire danger to the current public stress load is more than our community should have to endure,” said Board of County Commissioners Chair Deb Gardner. “We are taking this proactive measure in order to promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents during this already challenging time.”

The fire restrictions include the mountain areas of unincorporated Boulder County as follows:

  • West of CO Highway 93 (CO-93), from its intersection with the southern boundary of Boulder County until, and including, its intersection with CO Highway 119 (CO-119);
  • West of Broadway Avenue in the City of Boulder, from its intersection with CO-119 until, and including, its intersection with US Highway 36 (US-36);
  • West of US-36, from its intersection with Broadway Avenue until its intersection with the northern boundary of Boulder County;
  • West of the western boundary of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space until, and including, US-36; and;
  • All of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space property.

A map depicting the areas of Boulder County affected by the fire ban is shown below.