fire Stage 2 fire restrictions
Friday, June 29, 2018, beginning at 12:00 am, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado River Valley Field Office and the lands managed by this office, as well as the six fire districts in Garfield County, (Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire, Gypsum Fire and the DeBeque and Lower Valley Fire) will enact Stage 2 fire restrictions, until further notice, on all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County.This supersedes the previous Stage I Fire Restrictions and is being imposed due to continuing high to extreme fire hazard conditions.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. With a lower than normal snowpack this past winter; recent hot and dry weather have created high fire danger at elevations below about 9,000 feet.

Stage 2 fire restrictions apply to all state and privately owned lands in unincorporated Garfield County and are as follows:

  • No fires/campfires/stove fires, this includes wood or charcoal burning stoves and fireplaces in mountain cabins.
  • No charcoal grills and no wood or coal fires for cooking purposes. This applies to personal and park charcoal grills or grates. Only natural gas or propane grills with a shut off valve shall be permitted. Allowed outdoor cooking fires shall be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished and cold.
  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • No operating of any combustion engine, including chainsaws, without an approved spark arrester (properly installed), a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher, and a round-point shovel readily available for use.
  • No welding, spark emitting cutting, or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame except for industrial use and then only with a Fire Department permit. This must be in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and there must be a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher, in possession, which is readily available in the immediate area of operations.
  • No use of any explosive. All explosives are prohibited, including: blasting caps, exploding targets, bullets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc.
  • No fireworks. All fireworks are prohibited, including: toy caps, sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs, fountains, etc.

Those found responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone in Garfield County for their cooperation in doing their part to keep us all safe.

Tri-fold flyers are also available throughout the county and at most convenient stores that describe the current fire restrictions and ordinances in place in Garfield County.

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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 permit restrictions
No open burning is allowed without a permit, and no burn permits will be issued until conditions permit after Labor Day.
DMV closures
Motor vehicle system upgrade
All Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed Aug. 1 - 3. All state drivers' license facilities will be closed Aug. 2-3, during the conversion of information to the new Colorado DRIVES system.
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Independent audit
An independent auditing firm tasked with assessing Garfield County's budget statements, found that the county conducts financial business and the handling of its resources in a prudent manner.
Carnival at Garfield County Fair
Garfield County Fair & Rodeo is excited to partner with “A Great Northern A’ Fair” Carnival, bringing fun attractions and rides August 2-5, that are geared toward family budgets during the fair.

HSC grants
Garfield County Human Services Commission grants are now available to qualifying nonprofit 501(c) (3) agencies. The applications are due to the Garfield County Manager's Office by 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.
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