Rains lead to lifting of fire restrictions

Continuing monsoonal rains have washed away the need for fire restrictions in many parts of the region.

Mesa and Garfield County are lifting their fire restrictions effective Wednesday, as are the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley field offices.

The actions mean not just private lands in Mesa and Garfield counties but all BLM lands in those two counties and Eagle, Pitkin and Routt counties will be out of fire restrictions on Wednesday, the BLM said in a news release.

With fire conditions varying by elevation, Eagle and Pitkin counties hadn’t imposed restrictions, and neither had the White River National Forest. Routt County lifted its limits last week.

Fire limits remain in place for now on all non-national-forest lands in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties.

Numerous jurisdictions had imposed stage 1 fire limits earlier this year. Those include prohibitions on fires of any type outside developed areas; limiting of campfires to designated fire grates in developed campgrounds; a requirement that smoking occur only in an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation site or area free of vegetation, and the mandated use of spark arrestors on chain saws.

Vegetation moisture measurements and other factors are weighed in decisions on fire restrictions. The BLM on Monday urged the public to remain careful with fire, even with the lowered danger.
Lightning caused numerous large wildfires in western Colorado earlier this summer.



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