Garfield County fire restrictions lifted |

Garfield County fire restrictions lifted

Staff Report

Recent rains and a wetter long-term weather outlook have prompted Garfield County and public lands agencies to lift fire restrictions that have been in effect since earlier this summer.

“People are still reminded to be careful when camping or starting any fire outdoors,” according to a news release. “A moment of carelessness can lead to a wildfire that could endanger property, livestock and humans.”

The county adds that open burn permits will still not be issued until after Labor Day.

In the meantime, any fires should be kept small and under control and should be completely extinguished before leaving unattended, according to the release.

“If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave,” it said, adding people should keep a shovel and water nearby to douse escaped embers.

Also, vehicles should not be parked or left to idle in tall, dry grass because the heat can spark a fire. And chains should not be allowed to drag from vehicle or trailers.