Fire bans implemented at Winter Park, Fraser, Grand Lake |

Fire bans implemented at Winter Park, Fraser, Grand Lake

Sky-Hi News staff report

The towns of Grand Lake, Fraser and Winter Park have declared fire bans similar to the one the Grand County commissioners implemented on Tuesday, June 12.

At the town of Grand Lake, a municipal code authorized the mayor and the town manager to implement a ban on open fires and fireworks, following suit to the county’s action.

“I have consulted with Mayor Burke on this matter and we concur that the town of Grand Lake should follow the lead of the (board of county commissioners) in implementing a similar ban for the town,” wrote Town Manager David Hook in an email on Wednesday.

The action will be presented to the board of trustees for review at the next meeting, Monday, June 25, Hook said.

Similarly, the towns of Fraser and Winter Park have the ability to implement a ban immediately.

“After reviewing previously approved resolutions, the town does have a provision from 2002 that states Winter Park will enter into a fire restriction whenever it is also declared by the board of county commissioners, and end at the same time as well,” stated Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson, in an email. “At this time, the Town of Winter Park and all property located within it is also in the same fire restriction approved yesterday by the BOCC.”

Winter Park officials will be presented an ordinance for consideration on Tuesday.

At Fraser, Grand Lake and Winter Park, the 2012 fire bans mirror Grand County’s in that the sale and use of personal fireworks are forbidden, as well as bonfires, use of backyard fire pits, chimineas or fires in barrels.

The use of charcoal grills, liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves or grills on private property is allowed, but use of charcoal grills on public property is forbidden.

And smoking is “strongly discouraged,” except “within enclosed motor vehicles and private homes/ buildings.”

Burning of fence rows, irrigation ditches, fields, trash and debris is illegal under the ban.

Campfires are still allowed under the ban but only at developed and supervised campgrounds, whether commercial or public.

Professional and commercial fireworks displays – such as those sponsored by a sanctioned agency for display to the public – are not restricted under the current ban.

As of Wednesday, the towns of Kremmling and Granby had no official word on a ban within those towns.

Officials of the town of Hot Sulphur Springs plan to discuss a possible ban for Hot Sulphur at a Thursday, June 14, special town meeting.