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The Summit County Shooting Range will be open for law enforcement training activities but remains closed to the general public
Contact: Julie Sutor, Director of Communications
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County has granted permission for local law enforcement training activities to take place at the Summit County Shooting Range in Keystone. The range has been fully closed since Aug. 14 because of fire danger. The facility remains closed to the public until further notice.
"Our law enforcement agencies need to have access to the range for regular firearms training activities," Summit County Manager Scott Vargo said. "We’re comfortable that the associated fire risk is very low, because these trainings take place in a controlled manner with adequate supervision and public safety personnel present at all times."
The firearms training activities, limited to local law enforcement officers and the Colorado Mountain College Law Enforcement Training Academy, will be confined to 8-11 a.m., Monday-Friday, to limit noise impacts to the surrounding residential neighborhoods.
"With the cooler overnight temperatures and subsequent higher humidity levels we are starting to see in the morning hours, our level of risk for rapid fire growth during this time period is reduced," Summit Fire & EMS Chief Travis Davis said. "As we enter into the late summer months here in the High Country, these conditions remain fairly consistent from this point forward. With these factors under consideration, SFE has no issue with allowing law enforcement range operations during the morning hours for a specified period of time, with confidence that all involved will continue to keep a close eye on fire prevention."
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect throughout Summit County, despite recent snow and colder temperatures. An extended period of warm, dry weather is expected to return by the end of the week, according to weather forecasts. And autumn can bring periods of enhanced fire potential with low humidity and gusty winds, even as nights grow longer and temperatures cooler.
The ongoing range closure will not impede Summit County’s sound study to identify potential mitigation measures that could reduce the range’s noise impacts to neighboring residential areas. The contracted acoustical consultant will work with local law enforcement agencies to conduct any shooting activity necessary to fully assess noise levels and noise exposure from firearms typically used at the range.
Under Stage 2 Restrictions, fires are prohibited in picnic areas, campgrounds, private property and forested areas. The following activities and uses are also prohibited under Stage 2 Restrictions:
The following activities and uses are allowed under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions:
Summit County’s towns, law-enforcement agencies and fire departments are united in reminding residents and visitors that campfires, backyard fires and fireworks are strictly prohibited throughout the county. Through an intergovernmental agreement, the towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne are under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in concert with the County.
All of Summit County’s law-enforcement agencies will be enforcing the longstanding prohibition on fireworks and the temporary Stage 2 restrictions on open fires prompted by high wildfire danger in the High Country.
For more information about current fire restrictions and wildfire prevention, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/wildfire.
Register for emergency notifications at www.SCAlert.org.