Summit repeals burn ban |

Summit repeals burn ban

Nicole Formosa
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Recent wet weather prompted Summit County commissioners to rescind fire restrictions on Tuesday morning.

Summit County Sheriff John Minor and local fire chiefs have determined that the danger of wildfires in Summit County has greatly diminished because of recent weather conditions and that a ban on open fires is no longer necessary to protect the safety of citizens, county attorney Jeff Huntley wrote in a report to commissioners, who voted unanimously to repeal the restrictions.

Minor informed officials that there is a chance the restrictions could need to be put back in place depending on weather conditions.

The Town of Frisco repealed its fire restrictions last Friday.

Forest Service land in Summit County remains under Level 1 fire restrictions, which means campfires must be contained in designated fire rings at improved campgrounds.

Fire restrictions in Pitkin County and the White River National Forest, surrounding Aspen and Pitkin County, remain in effect.