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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Bikers of all types in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond have much reason to celebrate. Work on the Rio Grande Trial was completed Wednesday as the final 100 feet of concrete sidewalk was laid.

A ribbon-cutting commemorating the official grand opening of the trial that extends the length of highway 82 from Glenwood to Aspen will take place June 21 at Carbondale Park.

More information will be available on the ribbon cutting party as it draws near.

A prescribed burn 10-miles northwest of Dotsero in the Sweetwater area will happen today, weather permitting, which will produce large plumes of smoke. The Wildland Urban Interface burn will cover 1,392 acres on White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels that have built up over the years.

The second benefit is to improve deer and elk habitat.

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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