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Jun 28

Humo de incendios forestales en el Condado de Summit County 6-28-2018

Posted to Blog de Emergencia (en español) by Erin Opsahl

PUBLICACIÓN IMPRESA
Humo de incendios forestales en el Condado de Summit County 
No se espera que el humo de nivel leve a moderado sea una preocupación significativa para la salud
Contactos:
Dan Hendershott, Gerente de Salud Ambiental: 970-668-4073
Amy Wineland, Directora de Salud Pública: 970-668-9195

CONDADO DE SUMMIT - debido a la actividad de incendios forestales en los condados de Grand/Clear Creek, el humo está presente. El condado de Summit actualmente está experimentando niveles de humo leves a moderados que no se espera que sean un problema de salud significativo. Las densidades de humo pueden aumentar durante la noche dependiendo de la actividad del fuego y el clima.
 
Si el humo de los incendios forestales causa que la visibilidad sea de menos de 5 millas en su vecindario, los niveles de humo no son saludables. Las referencias de visibilidad de 5 millas son las siguientes:
• Si se encuentra en el centro de Dillon o Frisco y no puede ver la montaña Buffalo
• Si se encuentra en Breckenridge y no puede ver las cimas de las montañas por encima del área de esquí

Si el humo se vuelve denso, en su vecindario, quizas desee permanecer adentro. Esto es especialmente cierto para las personas con enfermedades del corazón, enfermedades respiratorias, los muy jóvenes, los ancianos y las mujeres embarazadas. Para mitigar la exposición al humo, los funcionarios de salud pública recomiendan que los residentes y visitantes, especialmente las personas de alto riesgo, tomen las siguientes precauciones:
• Limite las actividades al aire libre y permanezca adentro con las ventanas y puertas cerradas.
• Considere la posibilidad de reubicarse temporalmente si hay humo en el interior de su vivienda y lo está enfermando.
• Beba muchos líquidos para mantener sus membranas respiratorias húmedas.
• Reduzca su actividad física para disminuir la inhalación de contaminantes transportados por el aire.
• Si desarrolla síntomas sugestivos de problemas pulmonares o cardíacos, incluyendo dolor o rigidez en el pecho, dificultad para respirar o fatiga extrema, consulte a un proveedor médico lo antes posible.
 
Para obtener más información, comuníquese al 970 668-9730. La información de calidad del aire a nivel estatal está disponible en el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado en www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.

Jul 09

STR Process Update: July 10 work session discussion postponed

Posted to Short Term Rentals Blog by Julie Sutor

Please note that the short-term-rental (STR) policy discussion with the Summit County Board of County Commissioners has been postponed from its originally scheduled date of Tuesday, July 10.

Over the past two months, the Summit County Planning Department has collected a large body of research and community input on regulations related to STRs. We received hundreds of responses to our STR online community survey; we have gathered examples of successful policies and programs in other mountain resort communities; and we have been collaborating with local municipalities to identify opportunities for policy consistency across Summit County.

We are somewhat behind our original timeline, but we continue to make progress on this project, and we will be sure to keep everyone posted on next steps and new developments as they become available.
Jun 28

Summit County Board of County Commissioners Adopt Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Posted to Summit County Emergency Blog by Erin Opsahl

Summit County Board of County Commissioners Adopt Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Additional restrictions placed on open fires

Contacts:
Scott Vargo, Summit County Manager: 970-485-1880
Erin Opsahl, Summit County Sheriff's Office: 970-423-8901

SUMMIT COUNTY – A resolution imposing Stage 2 level fire restrictions was enacted today by the Summit County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the request of the Summit County Sheriff Jaime Fitzsimons and with the concurrence of local fire districts.

The BOCC first adopted Stage 1 level fire restrictions on June 12, 2018.  The resolution adopted today places additional restrictions on open fires within Summit County due to the increasingly dangerous fire conditions, extremely dry forest conditions and the existence of wildfires regionally, including neighboring Grand County and Park County.

The Stage 2 level restrictions adopted by the BOCC regulate “open burning” as follows:

The term “open burning” means any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, explosives, fireworks, and any other activity that poses a significant risk of starting a fire.  In addition, the following activities are expressly prohibited to the extent not otherwise prohibited above:  
i. Disposing of any burning object outdoors, including without limitation cigarettes, marijuana, cigars or matches.
ii. Selling fireworks.
iii. Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrester, 5 gallons of water, a 2A10BC classified dry chemical fire extinguisher and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. The fire extinguisher will be immediately accessible to the equipment operator. The water and shovel may be kept with fueling supplies but readily available for use.
iv. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame outdoors.
v. Inflating or propelling hot air balloons.
vi. Smoking is prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or building.

EXEMPTIONS.  The term “open burning” does not include fires in:
i. Liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills or lanterns that include shut-off valves, which are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable materials such as grasses or pine needles.
ii. Fireplaces contained within buildings.    
In addition to the Stage 2 level restrictions the Summit County Public Shooting Range has also been closed indefinitely.

"Summit County residents are keenly aware of our considerable wildfire risks and increased restrictions are necessary to reduce that risk within our community," County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said.

The full text of the approved Resolution 2018-39 is available here