Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze announced on Friday, Sept. 11 that Chaffee County is returning to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, following the lead of the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
The announcement noted: “Due to the recent moisture and in keeping to uniformity throughout our county with the Forest Service (USFS) and the Statewide fire restrictions Chaffee County is moving to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. This includes all unincorporated lands in Chaffee County with the exception of USFS and BLM lands.”
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions allow:
- Camp fires within a permanently constructed fire ring or grate, 3 feet maximum in diameter in a developed campground, public or private and/or private property
- LP or liquid gas fires or stoves controlled by a valve
- Fireplaces within a closed building with fire screens affixed to the flue
- Charcoal grill fires and pellet stove fires at private residences.
- All residents and visitors are reminded that a more stable weather pattern is predicted over the next several days which could produce drying conditions. Please exercise caution when building or maintaining any type of fire.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions do not allow any open burning including slash piles, debris piles, and agricultural land burning along with pyrotechnic or exploding targets.