Fire Restrictions

Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office


355 4th Street,PO Box 1460
Meeker, Colorado

For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

NEWS RELEASE
June 13, 2018

 Additional Fire restrictions begin Friday, June 15 due to High Fire Danger
Silt, Colo. - Stage 1 fire restrictions begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 15 for the entire White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands in Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, and portions of Grand County adjacent to the Colorado River and Trough Road southwest of Kremmling and the Dice Hill area south of Kremmling. 

Stage 1 fire restrictions are already in effect in all lands in Mesa and Garfield counties and on unincorporated and private lands in Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin counties.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 BLM, White River National Forest, and Summit, Eagle and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Offices will be enforcing the following temporary restrictions:
· 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)

.· No fires of any type, including charcoal, outside of developed areas.· 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.· No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from 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.

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.Fire restrictions on these lands will be in place until further notice. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, go to: https://goo.gl/s53D1K