Douglas County and the Town of Parker have elevated their fire restrictions to Stage 2, effective immediately.
The ban comes on the heels of a week that saw a four-acre brush fire break out in Highlands Ranch, the Lime Gulch Fire burn 500 acres in adjacent Jefferson County and a handful of other fires around the state.
Under the ban, the use of personal and professional fireworks is prohibited as is open burning of any kind; use of fires in chimineas, other portable fires or patio fire pits; and campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas.
Allowable activities are limited to the use of personal charcoal and gas grills, liquid- or gas-fueled fire pits or other gas- or liquid-fueled appliances.
Violation of any of the fire restrictions is considered a Class 2 petty offense and is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine. More information on fire restriction stages can be located at www.douglas.co.us.