Fire limits in Montrose County lifted; Mesa County ban in place
Monsoonal moisture has led to the easing of some fire restrictions in the region, but a ban in Mesa County remains in effect.
Montrose County commissioners lifted their fire ban Tuesday in unincorporated areas of that county, which went into effect last month.
Montrose County Undersheriff Adam Murdie cited “rising moisture levels” as the basis of his recommendation to lift the ban on open fires.
Officials also cited containment of the East Fork Fire, which has burned for weeks southeast of Montrose, as further evidence that the ban should be lifted.
On Monday, Stage 1 fire restrictions were similarly lifted for the Gunnison and Uncompaghre national forests.
No fire restrictions were in place in the Grand Mesa National Forest because of that forest’s higher elevation, increased moisture and cooler temperatures.
Fire restrictions in Mesa County have been in effect since June 27.
Those restrictions allow for fires in government-designated fire pits, but restrict flames in non-approved fire pits.
Fire restrictions are also in place in Delta and Garfield counties, according to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.
Causing a fire in woods or prairie during fire restrictions is a felony offense, and can be punishable by fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 and possibly jail time, in addition to other charges.