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Summit County acts in concert with White River National Forest
Contact: Thomas Davidson, Chair, Board of County Commissioners, 970-333-9817
SUMMIT COUNTY – In conjunction with the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest, the Board of County Commissioners has lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions in unincorporated Summit County, effective immediately. The board passed a resolution Tuesday afternoon to enact the change, in recognition of significantly reduced fire danger throughout the region, following recent snowfall.
"With snow now on the ground, our fire danger is finally substantially lower, after a pretty long stretch of warm, dry weather throughout the early fall," Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said. "All our partners are on the same page, so it's the right time for us to lift fire restrictions now in Summit County."
Summit County also restored normal operating hours at the Summit County Shooting Range, which had been reduced to mornings only, when temperatures were cooler. The range will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through the end of October. Starting Nov. 1, regular winter hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions maintains consistency with other jurisdictions in and around Summit County, including U.S. Forest Service lands. Local fire districts, county officials and U.S. Forest Service personnel will continue to monitor conditions throughout the remainder of the fall.
"It has been an incredibly successful wildfire season here in Summit County this year," County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. "The cooperation and coordination among all our partner agencies has been excellent, and we're grateful to Summit County voters who gave a huge boost to our wildfire prevention work through the Strong Future Fund. After two years in a row with major wildfires, it's great to get through the 2019 season unscathed."
Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire. An open fire is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires or prescribed burns of any material. Stage 1 restrictions also prohibit smoking within 3 feet of any flammable vegetation.
The Board of County Commissioners encourages the public to remain vigilant in wildfire prevention, especially in areas with dry vegetation or dead trees. Campfire safety rules should always be observed, even when fire restrictions are not in place.
For more information on campfire safety, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/wildfire.