Rifle expected to enact fire ban | PostIndependent.com

Rifle expected to enact fire ban

The Rifle City Council scheduled a special meeting Friday night, June 14, to consider a fire ban on public property.

If enacted, the fire ban will become effective on Tuesday, June 25, said city manager Selby Myers.

Last week, the City Council banned fires in Rifle Mountain Park, located outside the city limits.

“The staff has been concerned,” Myers said. “This week it became clear conditions inside the community are extreme. The slightest spark could start a grass fire.”

The fire ban ordinance will prohibit open fires in parks and on public property, although Coleman-style stoves and gas grills will be allowed.

Stoves, grills and charcoal briquettes will still be allowed on private property.

Violating the fire ban will be a misdemeanor, with a maximum fine of $500.

Myers said the fire ordinance also prohibits the sale, possession or use of fireworks.

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