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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in effect for Fremont County

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As of Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the unincorporated areas of Fremont County are now under a Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. The decision was announced Tuesday morning by Sheriff Jim Beicker. 

The upgrade to Stage 2 from Stage 1 adds the prohibition of building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal or wood fueled cooking, or open fire of any type at any location. The off road use of a motorized vehicle in an area which presents the possibility of sparks or exhaust heat igniting surrounding flammable vegetation.

See below for a full explanation of all restricted activities and links for more information on burn restrictions in other counties.


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

1. All agricultural burning including but not limited to weeds, brush, or grass;

2. 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. Use of a coal or woodburning stove or fireplace in a private residence in an undeveloped area is allowed only if the flue pipe, chimney, or other exhaust structure is equipped with a properly installed NFPA-approved spark arrestor such as a chimney cap.

Notes:
a. Campfires contained in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within a developed recreation area are allowed;

b. Grills using propane and other bottled fuels are allowed only in areas free of flammable vegetation and other flammable materials, and must be used in a manner which present no fire danger to the
surrounding area;

c. No fire or grill shall be left unattended, and shall have an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher on site.

3. All burning of trash, refuse or other debris.

4. 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.

5. 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;

6. 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;

7. 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 meeting
either:
    a. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or
    b. Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a); 

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

1. All Restrictions contained in Stage One, listed herein, and including the following additional restrictions:
a. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal or wood fueled cooking, or open fire of any type at any location.

Notes:
1. Grills using propane and other bottled fuels are allowed only in areas free of flammable vegetation and other flammable materials, and must be used in a manner which present no fire danger to the surrounding area;
2. No grill shall be left unattended, and shall have an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher on site.
3. Use of a coal or wood-burning stove or fireplace in a private residence is allowed only if the flue pipe, chimney, or other exhaust structure is equipped with a properly installed NFPAapproved spark arrestor such as a chimney cap.
 b. Off road use or parking of a motorized vehicle in an area which presents the possibility of sparks or exhaust heat igniting surrounding flammable vegetation. 


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