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Summit County acts in concert with U.S. Forest Service and neighboring counties
Dan Gibbs, County Commissioner: 970-333-9817
SUMMIT COUNTY – In conjunction with the White River National Forest and neighboring counties, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted in unincorporated Summit County effective immediately. The Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday afternoon to enact the change, in recognition of lower fire danger throughout the region. "Our energy release component has dropped below the 75th percentile, and we've made it through the Labor Day Weekend, which is our last big burst of summer recreational activity out in the forest," Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said. "We and our partners at the U.S. Forest Service and the local fire agencies feel it's appropriate to lift the fire restrictions. We appreciate everyone's vigilance over the last few months in helping to protect our community and our natural resources." Lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions maintains consistency with other jurisdictions in and around Summit County, including U.S. Forest Service lands. All districts of the White River National Forest and the counties of Mesa, Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle also plan to lift restrictions this week. Fire districts, county officials and U.S. Forest Service personnel will continue to monitor conditions throughout the late summer and fall. Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire. An open fire is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires or prescribed burns of any material. Smoking is also prohibited under Stage 1 restrictions, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. The Board of County Commissioners encourages the public to remain vigilant in wildfire prevention throughout the remainder of the summer season, which lasts until snow hits the ground. For information on campfire safety, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/wildfire.