Garfield County enters open burn restriction |

Garfield County enters open burn restriction

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and local fire authorities passed an open burning fire ban effective May 26 through Sept. 1.

The ending date could change depending on conditions. The restriction applies on both public and private lands in the county, but it does not apply to Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service land, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

No burn permits will be issued at this time.

The ban applies to any and all fires except for those in permanent fire pits or fire grates in designated recreation sites. The restriction also applies to smoking, except within a vehicle or building. People can also smoke at a designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Chainsaws must have a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device, and their operators must have a fire extinguisher nearby.

Welding or operating any torch with an open flame must also be done in an area cleared of flammable material for at least 10 feet in diameter. Explosives and blasting caps are also prohibited.

Contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at 945-0453 for more information.

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