Aspen area fire restrictions lifted |

Aspen area fire restrictions lifted

Following the lead of surrounding counties, Pitkin County rescinded all fire restrictions as of 12:01 a.m. today, an official said Thursday.

“There’s enough moisture for the restrictions to be lifted,” Aspen’s fire chief Rick Balentine said.

The Stage 1 restrictions were first implemented in the early summer, then were increased to Stage 2 restrictions soon after. The Stage 2 restrictions, which forbid all campfires, charcoal grills and outdoor smoking, were rescinded the last week of August.

Balentine said the decision to lift all restrictions was made earlier this week in conjunction with neighboring counties and the White River National Forest.

“There’s enough moisture for the restrictions to be lifted.”Rick Balentine Aspen fire chief

Garfield, Summit and Eagle counties rescinded fire restrictions today, as well, officials have announced. U.S. Forest Service officials also have said fire restrictions for the White River National Forest will be lifted at the same time. Finally, BLM lands managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office and the city of Rifle also lifted restrictions.

The lifting of fire restrictions comes just before the opening weekend of hunting season for black powder firearms. Hunting season for conventional rifles begins next month.

All news releases announcing the lifting of fire restrictions emphasized the need for residents to remain vigilant about fire danger.

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