Pitkin County eases fire limits | AspenTimes.com

Pitkin County eases fire limits

ASPEN – Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, in conjunction with the fire chiefs of Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and Carbondale, announced Tuesday that fire restrictions have been reduced to Stage 1 due to recent weather.

“Although fuel-moisture levels are not ideal, they have improved enough to scale back restrictions,” DiSalvo said.

Stage 1 fire restrictions allow the use of charcoal grills as well as fires enclosed in portable, commercial fireplaces in developed areas, including campgrounds and recreation areas as well as areas that have been improved from their natural state through the use of gravel, concrete or irrigation techniques.

“Most backyards fall under the category of developed,” said Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson. “We just don’t want people going out into the middle of the woods or dry, grassy fields and starting fires.”

Residents can visit http://www.pitkinemergency.org for wildfire information and emergency updates and to learn how to sign up for Pitkin Alert, an emergency notification system that sends text, email, pager and voice alerts.

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