ASPEN - Restrictions on open burning remain in effect in Pitkin County, though fire officials recently have allowed the selected burning of ditches, according to Ed Van Walraven, Aspen fire marshal.
No open burning is allowed in Pitkin County from May 1 to Oct. 31 anyway, the fire marshal noted. That restriction is aimed at the sorts of fires that require a permit.
The restrictions enacted early in April, however, also prohibit:
• Any campfire, warming fire or charcoal grill except for those in permanent fire pits or fire grates or located in designated campgrounds, picnic areas or developed recreation sites.
• Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, at a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
• Operating a chain saw without an approved spark-arresting device and in effective working order, without a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher or a shovel.
• Welding or operation of an acetylene or other torch with open flame except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least 10 feet on all sides from the equipment.
• Use of any fireworks or explosive requiring fuses or blasting caps.
The burn ban applies to all private and state lands in Pitkin County; federal lands are exempt. Go to www.pitkinemergency.org for more on the county's burn ban and other wildfire information.