Because of Genesee’s geographic location, wildfire is always a concern. When the potential for wildfire increases, Jefferson County will issue Stage 1 fire restrictions or Stage 2 fire bans for all of Jefferson County, or just the mountain area, which includes Genesee.

You will be informed of this through news outlets, but you may also click here to sign up for automatic notification of changes in fire restriction status or call the JeffCo Sheriff Fire Information Hotline at 303-271-8200.


 

Stage 1

Not Allowed

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate. Note: Private residential recreational campfires exempted but homeowners are encouraged to contact Genesee Fire Rescue at 303-526-1230 to advise about start and finish times in order to alleviate smoke check responses.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.
  • Open burning including “bonfires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction.
  • The use of all fireworks.

Exemptions

  • Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances.
  • Approved wood pellet grills.
  • Charcoal barbecue grills.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces, Tiki torches, chimineas and fire pits at private residence not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area.
  • Welding and cutting torch appliances, may only be operated in an area no closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area.

Stage 2

Not Allowed

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire including recreational campfires, portable outdoor fireplaces, Tiki torches, chimineas and fire pits.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.
  • Open burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction.
  • The use of all fireworks.
  • Operating a chain saw without a USDA or SAE approved, functioning spark arresting device properly installed. There must be preparations in place (water, shovel) to put out a fire, if necessary.
  • Welding and cutting torch appliances shall only be operated within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at least 30 feet in all directions from the operating equipment. A permit from the Genesee Fire Protection District is required.

Exemptions

  • Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances.
  • Approved wood pellet grills.