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Summit County Government

Posted on: October 9, 2018

Board of County Commissioners Lifts Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Recent snowfall has reduced fire danger.

Summit County acts in concert with White River National Forest


Dan Gibbs, County Commissioner: 970-333-9817

SUMMIT COUNTY – In conjunction with the White River National Forest, the Board of County Commissioners has lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions in unincorporated Summit County, effective immediately. The board passed a resolution Tuesday afternoon to enact the change, in recognition of significantly reduced fire danger throughout the region, following recent snowfall. 

"Our energy release component has been below the 75th percentile for nearly a week, and other risk factors are significantly reduced as well," Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said. "Based on all the data we have, we're in agreement with all our partners that it's appropriate to lift fire restrictions now in Summit County."

Lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions maintains consistency with other jurisdictions in and around Summit County, including U.S. Forest Service lands. The White River National Forest and the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office also transitioned out of fire restrictions Oct. 9. Fire districts, county officials and U.S. Forest Service personnel will continue to monitor conditions throughout the fall.

Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire. An open fire is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires or prescribed burns of any material. Smoking is also prohibited under Stage 1 restrictions, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

The Board of County Commissioners encourages the public to remain vigilant in wildfire prevention, especially in areas with dry vegetation or dead trees. Campfire safety rules should always be observed, even when fire restrictions are not in place.

•    Never leave a campfire unattended; a responsible adult should maintain constant supervision until a campfire is completely out.

•    Pick safe and proper campfire sites.

•    Ensure that campfires are completely out and cool to the touch by using the "drown, stir and feel" method.

For more information on campfire safety, visit


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