Eagle County goes to Stage 2 fire restrictions Friday, along with USFS and BLM lands | AspenTimes.com

Eagle County goes to Stage 2 fire restrictions Friday, along with USFS and BLM lands

Restrictions will also apply to federal lands and towns

Staff reports

Eagle County will go to Stage 2 fire restrictions Friday, joining Pitkin County and other state and federal lands in the area.

The restrictions tighten current restrictions in place. The new restrictions also mean a red-flag fire weather warning will move Eagle County to a complete fire ban during the red-flag periods.

The restrictions apply to all property in unincorporated Eagle County. The towns of Eagle, Vail and Avon will automatically move to the new restrictions. Gypsum is expected to follow suit Friday, but the move isn’t automatic.

The new restrictions include:

  • A ban on all wood, charcoal and coal fires on public and private property.
  • All fireworks are banned, including those usually allowed under state law.
  • No outdoor smoking, unless you’re in a developed recreational site or in an area that’s cleared of all combustible materials.
  • You can’t use an internal or external combustion engine — including chainsaws, generators and ATVs — unless it has a spark-arresting exhaust.
  • A local fire department permit is required for any welding or operating an acetylene or other torch outdoors.
  • Recreational shooting is banned on public or private land.

The Gypsum Shooting Sports Park is the exception to the final rule — at least for the moment. In an email, Gypsum Town Manager Jeremy Rietmann wrote that the town range is considered “developed land,” with improvements designed to reduce the risk of wildfire.

On Tuesday, Colorado Parks & Wildlife officials told the Basalt Town Council the Basalt shooting range, which is where the 2018 Lake Christine Fire started, will be closed starting Thursday until conditions improve.

Pitkin County enacted Stage 2 restrictions starting Wednesday. In addition to the Eagle county and its towns, the entire White River National Forest will move to Stage 2 fire restrictions at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are also going to Stage 2 restrictions at that time.

Scott N. Miller of the Vail Daily contributed to this report.

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