Due to extended hot, dry and windy weather, the Delta County Commissioners have placed fire restrictions on all unincorporated portions of Delta County. The fire ban will be enforced until further notice and includes the following restrictions:
• For purposes of this order, "open fires" shall be defined as all outdoor fires, including, but not limited to agricultural burning, campfires, warming fires, fused explosives, fireworks of all kinds and brands (except with a permit issued pursuant to state of municipal laws) and the prescribed burning of fence rows, wildlands, trash, and debris, but does not include gas barbecues and charcoal fires in enclosed firepans of permanent fireplace locations.
• Also prohibited is the operation of a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in effective working order, and having a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight-ounce capacity by weight, and possessing one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. The extinguisher shall be with a chainsaw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies but readily available for quick use.
While the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests have no fire restrictions for the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management has implemented fire restrictions in Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Delta and Gunnison counties. The ban prohibits:
• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. Exceptions: Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are allowed, as well as fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites.
• Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
• The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices, including exploding targets, are always prohibited on federal lands in Colorado.
Holders of valid BLM permits, leases and authorizations are allowed to conduct approved activities, but are advised to take extra precautions to prevent fire starts.
For more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management - Uncompahgre Field office 240-5300. To determine current fire restrictions throughout Colorado, please visit the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.