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Public Safety
South Metro Fire Rescue and Douglas County Sheriff's Office

South Metro Fire Rescue - effective January 1, 2019 - provides fire and ambulance services from three fire stations (16, 17 and 18) in Highlands Ranch. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) provides police services and has a substation in the Highlands Ranch Town Center.


Local Public Safety Agencies


Fire Restrictions - Stage 1 - What is Allowed?

Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet; or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimaeras, or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age.


Fireworks Information

All fireworks - regardless of type - are banned when Douglas County issues a stage 1 or stage 2 fire ban.  

What are “Permissible Fireworks”?

Cylindrical or cone fountains, wheel and ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellant or toy smoke device, trick noise makers and snake or glow worms are all permissible.


Fireworks that leave the ground or produce a loud bang are not permissible to use and subject to fines and penalties if used.

NOT permissible: cherry bombs, Roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, shells and rockets, M-80s, M-100s, and helicopters.

What is the Law?

All fireworks other than those considered as permissible are considered as illegal for use in the state of Colorado. Use of illegal fireworks can be punished by a fine of up to $1,000. It is illegal to purchase fireworks in another state (including Wyoming) and bring them into Colorado (unless you are a licensed retailer).

It is illegal for any person under sixteen years of age to purchase fireworks.

The fact that a firework is legal does not reduce the possibility of it starting a fire. Permissible fireworks cause fires every year. Individuals involved with a fire that results from fireworks either legal or illegal can be charged with arson.


Safety Tips

  • Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies;pour on fireworks that don’t go off.
  • Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Do not dispose of used fireworks in a combustible container.
  • Ensure that fireworks are completely extinguished by soaking them in water prior to disposal.