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At least for the time being, the county’s fire restrictions have disappeared.

“Due to the excellent moisture Chaffee County has received over the past 24 hours and after conferring with our local fire experts the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office is terminating the current Stage 1 Fire Restrictions immediately,” read the notice received earlier today.

Campfires are a mainstay of camping, but poorly managed fires are a significant risk for major wildfires. Image: Unsplash/Colter Olmstead.

The announcement comes with cautions that remain in place:

  • If you anticipate large-scale burning, ditches, slash piles, etc., call the communications center the day of the burn for permission. There are a limited number of burns allowed each day.
  • Plan on having your burn extinguished by 12:00 noon. It is always a good idea to have adequate water and equipment to extinguish any fire that gets out of control.

Remember that although we have received good moisture as of late, always take caution when burning in any type of activity and always be aware of winds as they normally increase in the afternoon hours.

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