Stage 1 fire restrictions for Garfield County
Following suit with the fire restrictions the Bureau of Land Management initiated three weeks ago, Garfield County is instituting stage 1 fire restrictions in unincorporated parts of the county beginning Friday.
Campfires are banned, except in developed campgrounds with fire grates. Fire pans and rock campfires do not count. Charcoal too is banned outside of these developed campsites.
Smoking is banned in unincorporated Garfield County, unless you’re in an enclosed vehicle, a building, a developed recreation site, or an area barren of vegetation.
Use of explosives is banned.
“No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a press release. Authorities are also barring “operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.”
Fireworks and other pyrotechnics, including sparklers are banned.
Since the BLM instituted its fire restrictions in late July fire crews have been dispatched to large wildland and brush fires south of Carbondale and southwest of Parachute. A wildland fire has also been burning in a remote section of the Flat Tops Wilderness, though this fire has been allowed to continue burning in a contained fashion.
Dubbed the Spring Creek 2 Fire, the blaze south of Battlement Mesa has kept crews busy for the last week, burned 621 acres and consuming several structures that were fortunately not anyone’s home.
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According to the New Castle Police Department’s official Facebook page, a “string of arson-related fires” have occurred in the town recently. Law enforcement believes “the fires to all be related.”