Stage 1 fire restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions reinstated

Continued dry conditions necessitate Stage 1 fire restrictions in Garfield County, Carbondale, New Castle, and Rifle, Silt, Friday, Sept. 21. Glenwood Springs reinstates Stage 1 restrictions this Saturday, Sept. 22.
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Shoshone Dam crane replacement
In September and October 2018, Xcel Energy is replacing the Shoshone Dam crane which is used to lift debris from the dam before gates open and water is sent downstream. The crane is located near the Hanging Lake parking area off of I-70 and this construction will impact access to some Glenwood Canyon recreation activities

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Fireworks use ban
Fireworks use ban
Possession and use of fireworks for Garfield County in 2018
On June 11, 2018, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners banned, by Ordinance 1018-1, the ignition of all fireworks in unincorporated Garfield County; including all state and private lands, whether the fireworks are legal or illegal. The ban is in effect until the “end of fire season,” as determined by the Garfield County Sheriff.

Legal fireworks
are fine to purchase or possess, even when Stage I or Stage II fire restrictions have been established. It is the use of those fireworks which is currently illegal in unincorporated Garfield County (i.e. outside of the various municipal city limits; please check with each municipality for any restrictions they may have).

Possible penalties: This ordinance states that anyone violating this ordinance shall be subject to all surcharges set forth in § 30-15-402, C. R. S., as amended, and shall pay a fine of not more than $1,000.00 for each separate violation
Understand - Due to this ordinance, at this time, even the normally legal fireworks are illegal to ignite.

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Burn permits

Burn permit restrictions

No open burning is allowed without a permit, and no burn permits will be issued until conditions permit after Labor Day.
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2018 Fall Fly-in
2018 Rocky Mountain Fall Fly-in
The 2018 Rocky Mountain Fly-in takes place on Saturday, September 22, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rifle Garfield County Airport. Participants will enjoy cheap fuel prices, and a catered lunch with fellow pilots.

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Finance earns budget award
The Garfield County Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation award for 2018. This marks the ninth-straight year the finance department has been honored in this capacity.
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Call before using drones
Drones are growing in popularity, but they may cause conflicts with local aircraft. Enthusiasts are asked to phone first to check on whether or not they may affect aircraft flying to or from Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

2018 flu shots for seniors
Flu shot clinics for seniors
Flu shot clinics will be held at Garfield County Senior Nutrition Program meal sites September 25 through October 3. The shots are provided by Garfield County Public Health Department, and Medicare Part B is accepted for payments. Cash or check for those without Medicare Part B.
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  AQI Index for Colorado River Valley reports Garfield County air quality

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