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Dry, warm and windy conditions have made for a continued fire danger. Photo by Unsplash

With fires burning in other parts of the state, Saguache County moved into Stage I fire restrictions on Wednesday, recognizing the extreme fire danger that persists throughout Colorado. The ban applies to unincorporated areas throughout the county.

Under Stage 1 restrictions the following bans are in place:

1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, burning ditches, fence rows, and trash, including household trash.

2. Using explosive material; i.e. fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device that may result in ignition of flammable material.

3. Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building.

4. Welding or operating an acetylene or similar torch with an open flame.


1. Fires including stoves within enclosed buildings or recreational vehicles, and chainsaws equipped with adequate spark arresting screens that prevent the escape of sparks.

2. Mechanical stoves and appliances fueled by bottled or liquid gas which allows the operator to turn the flame on and off are permitted. Campfires that are maintained in an approved campfire ring.

3. Agricultural burning will be permitted when a controlled burn is reported to the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office. All agricultural burning must be monitored at all times by the owner of property and no burning permitted on Red Flag days.

Anyone responsible for starting a fire while this ban is in effect will be held accountable for all damages caused as well as fire suppression costs. Those engaged in permitted activities are asked to take extra precautions, to monitor fires at all times and make absolutely sure fires are completely extinguished.