Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:42

Rio Grande County Stage 1 Fire Ban

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In cooperation with the Rio Grande County Sheriff, Rio Grande County Commissioners and the South Fork Fire District. Effective on 6/18/2018 the South Fork Fire District will be placed under a Stage 1 fire restriction. The South Fork Fire District is any and all land West of Rio Grande County road 18 and Hwy.160 to the Summit of Wolf Creek pass and North on Hwy.149 toward Creede.

Due to the extreme dry weather conditions and the close proximity to Our National Forests, precautions are being taken to reduce the risk of potentially large fires that we are seeing in the Four Corner region.

Stage 1 restriction   (No open burning)

  1. Fires, Campfires, or Stove Fires, including, but not limited to, Charcoal grills, Hibachis, and coal or wood burning stoves.

Exceptions Allowed:

Campfires in developed campgrounds or picnic grounds within provided, manufactured fire grates and grills.

Petroleum fueled stoves or lanterns that use gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.

Fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen.

  1. Smoking, except 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 materials.
  2. Chainsaws MUST have attached a USDA Forest Service or SAE approved arrester. Operators MUST have in their possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A and a round-pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches.
  3. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and MUST be in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A.
  4. Explosives, including fireworks, tracer bullets, and exploding targets. 

This restriction will be in place until further notice.

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