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Unincorporated areas of Fremont County now under stage 1 fire restrictions

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The Fremont County Sheriff's Office enacted stage 1 fire restrictions Tuesday, which bans some forms of outdoor burning due to recent dry conditions in southern Colorado. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, Stage 1 restrictions ban the following activities: 

  • All agricultural burning including but not limited to weeds, brush, or grass;
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, fireplace, any type of charcoal or wood fueled cooking, or open fire of any type in an undeveloped area.
  • All burning of trash, refuse or other debris.
  • Smoking; except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or outdoor smoking area that is hard-surfaced, barren, or otherwise cleared of all flammable vegetation and material. Discarding of cigarette butts in a receptacle not designed for disposal of cigarette butts, or at any location, or from any vehicle is expressly prohibited.
  • Using any explosives materials, to include: fireworks, solid fuel rockets, blasting caps or any incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable material;
  • Outdoor welding, grinding or use of any type of torch in any area which presents the possibility of igniting vegetation or other combustible material, and there must be an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher on site;
  • Operating any outdoor equipment or machinery in an undeveloped area with an internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order

Campfires will be allowed in a fire pits and grates in developed recreation areas. Grills using propane and other bottled fuels are allowed in areas away from flammable vegetation. Fires and grills should not be left unattended and there should be water or a fire extinguisher nearby to put out any possible fires.

CLICK HERE to view the full list of counties in Colorado under fire restrictions.

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