GarCo returns to Stage 1 fire ban

July 27, 2012

Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – With the recent rains that our area has experienced over the past few weeks, the fire danger has decreased in our area.  Although we are not out of the woods yet, Garfield County Officials agreed to lower restrictions to a Stage I Burn Ban, along with the Bureau of Land Management.  In a continued effort to bring consistency, continuity and protection to the general public, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Local Fire Authorities and the Bureau of Land Management will work together to stay on top of wildfire conditions.

Stage I fire restrictions prohibit:**

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas. This includes fires within stone fire rings, fire pans, and charcoal grills. Fires are allowed in the provided metal fire grates in developed campgrounds. Stoves fueled by liquid petroleum or gas are also allowed.

Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable vegetation.

Using explosive material: (ie: fire crackers, fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable material).

Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials at least ten feet on all sides from equipment.

Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either:  a. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1 a; or Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335 (b) and J350 (a).

Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device, to include sparklers.

Conditions will continue to be actively monitored and additional restrictions, including reenacting the Stage II burn ban if conditions warrant.

Garfield County wants to again thank the public for their support, continued cooperation and compliance with these fire restrictions.  “We appreciate your help!”

For more information see Garfield County Public Information

Stage II fire ban remains in place for BLM land

As of July 20, all fire restrictions were rescinded in White River National Forest

Monday night’s rain washed out County Road 336, Jenkins Cutoff so that road is closed.

** FTS reminder: These rules do not apply to the oil & gas industry so flare away boys …

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