Burn ban in Pitco, but not the forest | AspenTimes.com

Burn ban in Pitco, but not the forest

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY ” A burn ban has been enacted in Pitkin County prohibiting smoking outside, certain campfires and fireworks. Dry conditions in Pitkin County and surrounding areas prompted the ban.

The prohibition covers unincorporated areas of the county, as well as Aspen, Basalt and Snowmass Village, but not national forest lands. The U.S. Forest Service has not yet enacted a burn ban for the White River National Forest, which surrounds the Roaring Fork Valley.

“We don’t feel we’re quite there yet,” said Sally Spaulding, public information officer with the White River. “We feel like we’ll be there shortly, though.”

The Forest Service could enact a similar ban by July 4, she said. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office and Bureau of Land Management in Glenwood Springs have already issued a burn ban for areas governed by those agencies.

Under the Pitkin County ban, smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building. All fires except those in grills and in permanent fire pits are banned. All engines, such as those on motorcycles and chainsaws, must have a spark arresting device. Fireworks and explosives that require a fuse or blasting cap are prohibited.

Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, with support from fire chiefs in Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and Carbondale, enacted the ban effective immediately. The ban applies to all parts of Pitkin County and at all altitudes.

Exceptions to the rule are people with a valid written permit for a fire. People working for a governmental agency as part of a firefighting team. Burning of irrigation ditches where burning is necessary, if the burn is granted in advance by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office. Campfires and bonfires for religious ceremonies, with a permit from the Sheriff.

For more information, call the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office at (970) 920-5300.


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