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Summit County Government

Posted on: September 9, 2020

Summit County Opens Shooting Range to Law Enforcement

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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:

  • Use of charcoal grills
  • Fires in chimeneas or any other outdoor fireplace or manufactured recreational fire device, regardless of any permit previously issued by the local fire district
  • Use of explosives, tracer ammunition or explosive targets
  • Use or sale of fireworks
  • Pile burns, regardless of previously issued permits
  • Inflation or propulsion of a hot air balloon
  • Use of any engine without a properly functioning spark arresting device.

The following activities and uses are allowed under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions:

  • Use of gas grills and wood pellet grills
  • Any fire contained within a fireplace, stove, wood burning stove or pellet stove designed for and located within a fully enclosed permanent structure
  • Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs); OHVs must remain on designated routes; if parked, OHVs must be in a barren area free of flammable vegetation, within 10 feet of the route or in a designated parking area.
  • Smoking; smoking must take place a minimum of 3 feet from natural vegetation or other flammable material; all smoking materials, including cigarettes and matches, must be fully extinguished, cooled and disposed of in a designated receptacle.
  • Use of an open-flame torch device; the operator must have immediate access to a fire extinguisher and be at least 15 feet from natural vegetation or other flammable material.
  • Use of a chainsaw; the operator must have immediate access to a minimum 2A:10B:C dry chemical fire extinguisher.

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.


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