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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions implemented in Eagle County beginning Aug. 31

Contact: Jessie Porter, Public Information Officer, 970-328-8540, jessie.porter@eaglecounty.us

Aug. 28, 2018  – Due to the more favorable weather conditions and moisture throughout the County, all of Eagle County will be implementing “Stage 1” fire restrictions that will take effect on Friday morning, Aug. 31, 2018, at 12:01 a.m.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.
The restrictions that will remain in place are: 

*Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e., a metal, in-ground containment structure -- fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable). Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. 36 CFR 261.52 (a) This includes charcoal barbecues and grills EXCEPT: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites and the use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen is permitted.

*No smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR 261(b).

*No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets.

*No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher. 36 CFR 261.52(i)

*No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrestor properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use. 36 CFR 261.52(h).

*Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

*Fire restrictions throughout all of Eagle County will be in place until further notice.

Going into the holiday weekend the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage everyone to have fun while celebrating the holiday and would like to encourage residents and visitors to take personal responsibility and prepare before a wildland fire occurs. 

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to: gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/fireinfo_restrictions/index.html.

You can also visit www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html for fire information across the state.