County extinguishes its fire ban |

County extinguishes its fire ban

Staff Report

Garfield County lifted its fire ban Monday, and open fires are now allowed.Also allowed are:-Trash fires and fires along fence rows.-Welding or operating other torches.-Operating a chain saw without an approved spark arrestor.-Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle or a developed recreation site.-Explosives requiring fuses or blasting caps.The Garfield County commissioners enacted the ban in early July, and it applied to land not located within incorporated towns or federal land. Violators faced fines of up to $300.The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Eagle and Pitkin counties enacted similar bans this summer, and lifted them in late August following heavy rains that increased the moisture content in fuels.The Forest Service still urges that fires be built on bare mineral soil with no overhanging branches, a minimum of three gallons of water be kept on hand within 30 feet, shovels be kept available to stir the fire when extinguishing it, the fire be monitored at all times, and the fire be extinguished so that the ashes can be touched with a bare hand.Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held responsible for the cost of suppressing the fire, officials warn.

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