The Board of Delta County Commissioners, in concert with other Western Slope county governments, on Monday adopted an immediate ban on "open fires."
According to the wording of the county's ban, "For the purpose 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 or municipal laws), and the prescribed burning of fence rows, wildlands, trash and debris, but (does) not include gas barbecues and charcoal fires in enclosed fire pans of permanent fireplace locations."
Dry weather combined with occasional high winds and tinder-dry wildland fuels conditions have led to the county's annual burn ban being adopted this year weeks earlier than normal.
The ban will stay in effect until such time as it is specifically repealed by the BoCC. The ban applies generally in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Sheriff Fred McKee submitted an official request for the ban. Local fire chiefs are in agreement with the move, said Rob Fiedler, emergency manager for the county.
County commissioner Bruce Hovde said that a recent meeting of regional county governments also provided impetus for Delta County's move now, as other Region 10 counties adopt their own burn ban measures.
There are some exceptions to the various burn bans that have been adopted. Anyone venturing to light an open fire is always advised to first call the county's burn line, 399-2955. Checking with local jurisdictions and lands management agencies is also recommended by emergency officials.
The burn ban resolution adopted Monday by the Delta County Commissioners "applies to all public lands and private property in Delta County except: land within the boundaries of the GMUG National Forest, public land managed by the BLM, and Colorado State Parks at Sweitzer Lake and Crawford Reservoir." The county government does not have jurisdiction over state and federal lands. Various open fire restrictions have also been adopted by public lands agencies.
Also excepted from the county's ban is "any property not owned by Delta County within municipalities which have adopted their own burning regulations."
Included in the county's ban is operation of a chain saw without fire precautions including a working spark arrestor installed.
In some cases, a permit may be issued following application to the county sheriff for permission to conduct agricultural burns or other open fires.blog comments powered by Disqus