County extends stage one fire restrictions
Stage one fire restrictions for Grand County will remain in effect for the foreseeable future after Grand County’s Commissioner approved a new resolution on Tuesday to extend the base level restrictions for another 30 days.
Tuesday Grand County’s Commissioners held their weekly Board meeting during which they discussed the county’s ongoing fire restrictions, which have been in place since late June. A representative from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office informed the commissioners that Sheriff Brett Schroetlin, who was then busy with duties related to the ongoing Silver Creek Fire, recommended the county remain under stage one restrictions for another week, with a reevaluation period to follow next week.
“I think we all agree with that,” Commissioner Merrit Linke said. “We have had some recent rain but we also know how quickly that changes when we have hot dry winds following a nice little rain storm.”
Lt. Jeff Bauckman, who represented the Sheriff’s Office during the discussion, noted Grand County met four of seven thresholds on the Standardized Federal Fire Matrix, a formalized checklist covering fuel moisture content, firefighting resource availability and other factors that fire officials rely upon when determining the need for fire restrictions. If thresholds are met in at least four of the seven categories on the fire matrix officials will typically look to implement fire restrictions.
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The fire restrictions previously approved by the county in late July were set to expire on Thursday but the new resolution approved the commissioners extends the restrictions for an additional 30 days. The commissioners can move to eliminate fire restrictions before the 30-day period expires though if conditions warrant such an act.
“If all of a sudden we turn into a flood zone we can take them off,” Linke said. “Until then it automatically expires in 30 days.”
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