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Open fires are prohibited including campfires, bonfires, and fireworks
Contact: Nicole Valentine, Director of Communications, Summit County
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 18. The commissioners enacted the change during a special meeting Tuesday, in recognition of the extremely high fire danger resulting from record-breaking temperatures this past week and decreased precipitation, which has led to early season wildfire activity in the county, including the Straight Creek fire, which occurred this past Thursday and was just brought under control over the weekend.
“These restrictions are necessary given the extreme fire conditions and no relief from the weather in the forecast. Career wildfire professionals commented to me during the Straight Creek fire that it broke all the rules occurring so early in the season in a drainage with a running creek. We have unprecedented conditions now for wildfire,” Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said. “We need to do all we can to prevent additional human caused fires, and we really need the public to be extremely cognizant of the fire danger.”
The county has now met all four conditions in the Fire Restriction Process utilized by Summit County and the U.S. Forest Service to determine when to implement Stage 1 restrictions:
The board’s decision has the support of local fire districts and the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest, which will also enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning at 12:01 am Friday, June 18. It is estimated that the county and the forest services will remain in Stage 1 for at least the next week and we are closely monitoring conditions as we approach the requirements for Stage 2 restrictions.
“We are steadily moving towards Stage 2 thresholds,” said Summit County Sherriff Jaime FitzSimons. “The fuel moisture levels and weather patterns we are seeing are unprecedented. We are monitoring them and will remain in daily communication with our local, state, and federal partners to decide when it would be appropriate to move to Stage 2.”
Prohibited Activities: The following activities and uses are prohibited under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Permitted Activities: The following activities and uses are allowed under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
“Given the danger, we need individuals to make smart decisions. Even though we are moving into Stage 1 on Friday, we need to consider ourselves in very severe wildfire risk,” said Commissioner Tamara Pogue. “Each individual needs to take personal responsibility. Please consider the risk and reconsider any activity that has the potential to ignite a fire.”
According to the National Weather Service, Summit County is projected to have below-normal precipitation and higher-than-normal temperatures over the next several weeks. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that southern Summit County is "abnormally dry" and northern Summit County is experiencing "severe drought" conditions.
For more information about current fire restrictions and wildfire prevention, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/wildfire. Register for emergency notifications at www.SCAlert.org.