Frisco and other areas of Summit County tighten fire restrictions


FRISCO, Colo. (KDVR) – A growing fire danger in Summit County has prompted some areas to tighten fire restrictions.

Since the town of Frisco entered Stage 1 fire restrictions on June 11, the fire danger in Summit County has increased due to dry weather and the low moisture content of natural fuels. living.

On Thursday, Frisco announced it would enter Stage 2 fire restrictions in coordination with the Summit County government, the White River National Forest, and the towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon and Silverthorne.

What do Stage 2 fire restrictions mean?

  • Any open fires outside, such as campfires, warming fires, bonfires or prescribed and / or agricultural burning of rows of fences, slash piles, fields, wastelands, garbage and debris, are prohibited. Fires in campgrounds or picnic areas (landscaped recreation sites), which are contained in a permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate that USDA Forestry Services has installed and maintained, are prohibited.
  • All wood and / or charcoal fires are prohibited, even if carried out in an appliance approved by a local fire department, such as a covered fireplace or a charcoal barbecue. This means that all garden fires in fireplaces and similar appliances fueled with wood or charcoal are prohibited.
  • Smoking outside, as well as throwing hot objects outside, such as, but not limited to, a cigarette, cigar or match is prohibited. Smoking is permitted in a closed or stationary vehicle or building in an area at least three feet in diameter and which is sterile or free of any flammable material.
  • The use and / or sale of fireworks is prohibited.
  • The use of tracer munitions, including the recreational use of any projectile containing explosive, incendiary or any other chemical substance is prohibited. An administrative closure of the Summit County Rifle Range will also go into effect on Friday, June 25. To clarify, shooting in general is not prohibited under the Stage 2 fire restrictions, but firearm owners are urged to be aware of their surroundings and use good judgment before proceeding. unload a gun.
  • The use of a chainsaw is prohibited unless the chainsaw has a USDA or Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) approved spark arrester properly installed and in working order. In addition, the chainsaw operator must have a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher (with a minimum capacity of 8 oz and rated at 2 A) and a round point shovel of full length. at least 35 inches readily available for use at any time.
  • Blasting, grinding, welding, or the use of acetylene or other torch with an open flame outdoors is prohibited.
  • The use of charcoal and / or wood pellet barbecues, smokers and barbecues, charcoal and wood stoves and shepherd’s stoves is prohibited. To clarify, pellet barbecues / smokers with electric igniters, such as Traeger grills, are also prohibited under the Stage 2 fire restrictions.
  • Hot air balloons are prohibited.
  • It is prohibited to operate or operate an internal or external combustion engine without an effective and properly installed USDA or Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) approved spark arrester.
  • Off-road vehicles may only be used on established roads, motorized trails or established parking areas. They can only park in an area devoid of vegetation at least 10 feet from the vehicle. They cannot be used outside of established roads, trails or parking areas.

Authorized activities:

  • Liquid or gas powered apparatus such as heaters, such as mushroom heaters; stoves; grills; lanterns; homes; fireplaces; or fire tables that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable materials such as grasses or pine needles.
  • Fires contained within permanent structures, such as any fire contained in a chimney, stove, wood stove or pellet stove designed for and located in a fully enclosed permanent structure, are permitted.
  • Smoking is only permitted in a closed or stationary vehicle or building in an area at least three feet in diameter and which is sterile or free of any flammable material.
  • The sale of firewood and charcoal is only permitted if a sign is placed at all locations in this inventory indicating that the fire restrictions in step 2 are in effect and that all fires outside the charcoal and wood are prohibited by law.

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