Colorado County Downgrades Campfire Restrictions

Reflecting improving fuel conditions from lower temperatures and a decent amount of rain recently, the Summit County (Colo.) Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday (Aug. 7) to downgrade fire restrictions on unincorporated county land from Stage Two to Stage One, effective immediately, according to the Summit Daily.

While fireworks and open fires are still banned, fires will now be allowed in built-up fire pits and grates in developed areas or established campgrounds.

The town of Breckenridge followed the county and went to Stage One later that same day, while the Dillon Ranger District and the towns of Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne are expected to follow suit within the next week.

The board voted to lower restrictions after Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons made the recommendation at the regular morning work session. FitzSimons said he had just gotten off a weekly wildfire status conference call with regional fire chiefs, forest officials and fellow law enforcement.

FitzSimons said there was a firm, unanimous consensus that conditions had improved to the point that the county can stand down from Stage Two.

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