Garfield, Eagle counties elevate fire restrictions
Garfield and Eagle counties have followed the lead of federal agencies in enacting elevated fire restrictions that include a ban on all open fires.
Federal agencies announced earlier this week that Stage 2 restrictions would begin today on the White River National Forest, on Bureau of Land Management lands in northwest Colorado, and in Colorado National Monument. The actions by the Garfield and Eagle sheriffs in cooperation with local fire agencies mean the restrictions will be countywide.
The restrictions prohibit fires even in grates or fire pits in developed campgrounds. Such fires are allowed under Stage 1 restrictions that remain in effect for the Grand Mesa, Gunnison and Uncompahgre National Forests.
Some other Stage 2 restrictions include a prohibition against smoking except in enclosed vehicles, trailers, buildings or tents, and against welding without a permit, authorization or contract.
Use of petroleum-based stoves continues to be allowed.