The Board of Delta County Commissioners has adopted open fire restrictions that took effect on Monday.
A very similar resolution to the one adopted by the BoCC is expected to be adopted by other jurisdictions in the region, and also on the state level by Wednesday, June 19, said county emergency manager Rob Fiedler.
The restrictions do not apply to gas barbecues and charcoal fires in enclosed firepans of permanent fireplace locations.
Specific provisions of the fire restriction resolution adopted on Monday include:
• All open fires are prohibited in the county until further order of the commissioners. The prohibition applies to all public lands and private property in Delta County except the following: lands within the boundaries of the GMUG, public lands managed by the BLM, and Colorado state parks at Sweitzer Lake and Crawford Reservoir; and "any property not owned by Delta County within municipalities which have adopted their own burning regulations."
• "Open fires" are 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 pursuant to state or municipal law) and the prescribed burning of fence rows, wildlands, trash, and debris, but do not include gas barbecue and charcoal fired in enclosed firepans of permanent fireplace locations."
• Permits for specific ag burning operations or other open fires as an exception may be issued by the sheriff or his designee.
• There are restrictions on using chainsaws without proper fire prevention and fire fighting equipment present.
• Persons found in violation of the restriction may be subject to paying costs of fighting any fire resulting from their activities.
A full text copy of the commissioners' resolution restricting open fires was to be posted on the county's website Tuesday.blog comments powered by Disqus