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Eagle County modifies fire restrictions

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Recent rain and cooler weather have prompted Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy to change current fire restrictions in Eagle County. As a result, Eagle County has implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions that took effect at 12:01 this morning that prohibiting all open burning for private lands in unincorporated Eagle County.

Here is what is allowed:

• Open fires in charcoal or gas grills commonly used for home preparation of meals.

• Open fires in exterior, in-ground decorative natural-gas appliances or fire pits with listed pilot-safety and flame-safeguard devices in working order.

• Recreational fires in developed areas fully contained in a commercially purchased portable outdoor fireplace (i.e., a metal, in-ground or above-ground containment structure) with an approved spark arrester and a water supply nearby and located an appropriate distance from combustible material (15 feet).

• A fire within a furnace, stove, boiler or other place within a house or structure.

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• Camp stoves on private lands, commercially purchased and approved camping stoves and backpacking stoves.

• Smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable vegetation.

Here is what is not allowed: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or “open fire” of any type on private lands other than a developed campground or recreational area with fire grates (unless authorized with written approval by Eagle County and the appropriate fire-protection district); wood-burning stoves; improperly discarded smoking materials; using explosive material such as fireworks; operating or using a chain saw or any internal-combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working condition; possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers; and welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material within 10 feet of equipment.

Anyone in violation of the fire restrictions can be convicted of a Class 2 petty offense and subject to a $500 fine. Higher fines can be imposed for subsequent offenses.

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