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No open burning is allowed without a permit; contact your local fire department to request a burn permit.

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Stage 1 fire restrictions reinstated in Garfield County

Garfield County Sheriff's Office logo GARFIELD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

For Immediate Release
Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Sept. 20, 2018 - Due to continued dry conditions and the minimal amount of rainfall experienced in September, Garfield County will again implement Stage 1 fire restrictions on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 12:01 a.m. This will apply to all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County. Joining in the restrictions will be the towns of Silt, New Castle and Rifle. The city of Glenwood Springs plans to return to Stage 1 restrictions effective 12:01 AM Saturday September 22, 2018. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Please check with other municipalities in Garfield County, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service for any restrictions that may be applicable within their jurisdictions.

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.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:
•  Campfires: 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)
• No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas (Note backyard charcoal grills are permissible under Stage 1 restrictions.)
•  No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area, free of vegetation
•  No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets or tracer rounds/exploding bullets etc.
•  The discharge of weapons with normal ammunition, used for hunting and target practice is permissible
•  No welding or operation of acetylene or other similar torch with open flame or any spark emitting operation, (cutting, grinding etc.) except in an area that has been cleared of vegetation
•  No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order

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


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Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
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