GarCo stays with Stage II fire ban

July 12, 2012

Garfield County

Gov. Hickenlooper lifted the statewide fire ban on Sunday as a result of widespread rainfall and short- and long-term forecasts predicting cooler and wetter weather.

However we have not had significant rainfall in Garfield County so the fire ban remains in effect here.

July 9, 2012

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office along with the Garfield County Fire Protection Districts and municipalities have made the decision to stay with the Garfield County Stage II fire ban based on the local weather conditions, fire fuels, resources available and the risk to the safety of our communities.

Lifting this fire ban would increase the risk of manmade fires based on the outdoor activities involving: campfires, open flames and the use of machinery that may cause a spark. This county faces enough natural risk with local thunderstorms, without opening up additional opportunities for accidental fires. This decision is based on local findings – not as a response to the Governor’s lifting of the State wide fire ban.

With forecasts climbing back towards the upper 90’s, relative humidity dropping, combined with expected winds through the week, local officials believe it will only take a day or two to return us to extreme fire danger, negating any moisture we’ve received. Because our rain has been spotty, the fine fuels will dry out quickly again. It took us months to get into these conditions and it will take several days of heavy rain saturation throughout Garfield County to move local officials to consider a change in this ban.

The moisture that was recorded over the last three days at the Garfield County Airport monitoring station stated they received .01 inches of rain on July 6th and .07 on July 7th. The forecast is for temperatures to remain 5-7 degrees above normal for the next 7 days (mid 90’s) with scattered thunderstorms possible. The relative humidity’s have increased and over the last few days with ranges  from 20% to 100% (compared to 10% -20% in the recent past).

For more details go to GarCo Public Information

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