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Media Release-09.21.18-Stage 1 Fire Restrictions implemented In Eagle County

Due to unusually dry conditions, there is an increased risk for wildfires throughout Colorado. As a result, Eagle County will implement “Stage 1” fire restrictions, for the second time this summer, that take effect Friday, September 21, 2018, at noon prohibiting all open burning for private lands in unincorporated Eagle County.

Bureau of Land Management and The U.S. Forest Service White River National Forest will be implementing the same restrictions effective today. The Town of Gypsum and The Town of Vail will not be implementing Stage I restrictions.

The restrictions that will be in place are;

Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates within developed campgrounds (i.e., a metal, in-ground containment structure – fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable).
No fires of any type, including charcoal, are allowed outside of developed areas, except fires that are maintained or attended within a device that has a spark arrestor and where the fire is fully enclosed at all times such as a sheepherder type stove.
No smoking except within and enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area at least three feet in diameter.
No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except in an area that has been cleared of vegetation ten feet on all sides.
No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.
Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

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

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office 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: https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/fireinfo_restrictions/index.html.

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