Glenwood Springs, CO - While some parts of Western Colorado have lifted fire restrictions due to rain and increased humidity, Garfield County on Friday warned people that all cities and unincorporated areas of the county are still under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
Officials say that, while the county has received some rain, it has not been enough to mitigate the extreme fire danger.
Below is the complete news release from Garfield County:
All lands in Garfield County are still under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Due to the high wildfire danger on the Western Slope and through Colorado, several counties and municipalities have enacted fire restrictions as an effort to prevent wildfires in our area. There has been some rain in Garfield County, however, it has not been enough to impact current fire dangers.
Anywhere and everywhere in Garfield County (incorporated, unincorporated, all towns and cities, and all private property) are still under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions until further notice. Additionally, all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service lands within Garfield County are also under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
- Parachute/Battlement Mesa
- New Castle
- Glenwood Springs
*see each town or city’s website for specific information
The following restrictions shall be enforced throughout the above jurisdictions:
- No fires/campfires/stove fires or open flame of any kind.
- No charcoal grills and no wood or coal fires for cooking purposes. This applies to personal and designated park charcoal grills. 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 outside. Smoking tobacco and marijuana must be done in an enclosed vehicle or building. Vehicle windows should be up to prevent cigarettes, ash, or embers from leaving the vehicle.
- 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.
- No operating of any combustion engine, including chainsaws, without an approved spark arrestor 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 with a Fire Department permit only. This must be in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
Fire restriction violations can be reported to the Garfield County Dispatch non-emergency line at (970) 625-8095.