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Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze announced on July 29 that he is lifting all fire restrictions within the unincorporated lands within Chaffee County. He said that the recent heavy rain received throughout the county has lowered the fire danger.

Speeze said he made the determination after consulting with the chiefs of South Ark Fire, Chaffee Fire and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). In making the announcement, he made one important distinction; reminding area residents and visitors that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and those lands under the jurisdiction of the USFS remain in fire restrictions.

He added that after having conversations with representatives of the USFS they are working to remove their restrictions as soon as possible.

“Residents and visitors are also reminded that although our conditions have improved drastically due to the recent rain, we ask that everyone be very cautious of open fires and please extinguish fully all fires that are to be unattended,” read the statement from Spezze.