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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Pitkin County Sheriff announces Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

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Pitkin County Sheriff announces Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Pitkin County Sheriff, with the support of all Fire Chiefs of Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, and Carbondale, is imposing Stage 1 fire restrictions due to the unseasonably warm weather and lack of moisture this summer. The fuel moisture content of trees, grass and brush is significantly low and at risk of a devastating fire.

The health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Pitkin County require that the use of open fires, equipment, and explosives be regulated in order to prevent wildfires under existing conditions.

The following open fire restrictions shall apply on all private and state lands in Pitkin County.

The fire restrictions shall apply to the following persons and activities:

A. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site to include a fire ring/pit.

B. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, or building, at a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

C. Operating or using an internal or external combustion engine without an approved spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained,  and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standards or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices.

D. Use of any personal fireworks or explosive requiring fuses or blasting caps as defined by Colorado Revised Statute 12-28-101 (8).

The restrictions stated above exclude the following:

1. Persons with a valid written permit from the Pitkin County Sheriff, or the fire district within which the fire is to occur specifically authorizing the prohibited act.

2. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

3. Any fires contained within a liquid fuel or gas fuel stove, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires at private residences, and fires located within permanent fire pits or fire grates to the extent those pits or grates are located in developed picnic grounds, campgrounds or recreational sites.

4. Burning of irrigation ditches located within and completely surrounded by irrigated farmlands, where such burning is necessary for crop survival, and a specific written permit has been granted for such burning, in advance, by the fire district having jurisdiction.

5. Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies, for which a Federal agency, the Fire District and the County Sheriff has granted a valid written permit in advance. Knowingly or recklessly burning during the restriction period is illegal and legal actions may be taken against individuals in violation under CRS 30-15-410 and Pitkin County Resolution 96.

The temporary restrictions are in effect until further notice.

If you have any questions please contact your local fire district, District Ranger or the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at:

Aspen Fire Protection District -- 970-925-5532
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District --  970-704-0675
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District --  970-963-2491
Snowmass/Wildcat Fire Protection District --  970-923-2212
Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office --  970-920-5300
White River National Forest --  970-963-2255



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