All fire restrictions have been lifted in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties, as well as national forests and BLM lands.
Uncompahgre Plateau and Grand Mesa have transitioned back to Stage 1 fire restrictions. Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific fuel moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests lifted fire restrictions on Friday, July 28, but Stage 1 restrictions remain in effect in unincorporated areas of Delta County. Although GMUG fire managers noted a significant decrease in wildfire risk, the Delta County Commissioners were urged by several fire districts to leave restrictions in place locally.
The Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on Wednesday, July 11. After approving the minutes of their June 13 meeting, the trustees discussed last month's disbursements and financial statement.
An increase in moisture levels and decrease in overall threat of wildfire has prompted Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor to request the county commissioners downgrade the county from Stage 2 to Stage 1 restrictions. A resolution adopted Monday by the Delta County Board of County Commissioners mirrors actions taken by the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, as well as the BLM.
Grand Mesa National Forest, which previously was not affected by the fire restrictions in place on the rest of the GMUG, is now under Stage 1 restrictions. The remainder of GMUG is in Stage 2.
Due to a combination of record high temperatures, low humidity and high winds, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners signed a resolution implementing Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for the unincorporated areas of the county, effective Monday, June 18, until further notice.
Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in effect on the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Due to higher fuel moisture measurements and a low/moderate fire danger level the Grand Mesa National Forest will NOT implement fire restrictions at this time.
Effective immediately, fire restrictions in the unincorporated portions of Delta County have been lifted. The Delta County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use caution when burning and to call the Delta County burn line, 970-399-2955, before any agricultural burn.
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:
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