Grand County officially closes open burning season
Burning now limited to recreational fires
April is drawing to a close and while the upcoming summer fire season will soon be upon us the end of open burning season is already here.
Grand County’s open burning season, sometimes called slash pile burn season, officially came to a close on Monday, April 22.
“Any and all open burning is now restricted to only personal / recreational campfire rings with maximum dimensions of three feet by three feet by two feet,” states officials from East Grand Fire Protection District, based in Fraser.”
According to Grand County’s Department of Natural Resources, which is the entity that oversees the issuance of burn permits in the county, Grand County allows for large-scale open burning during winter months only and only “during favorable air quality conditions.”
“The opening and closing of burn season depends upon weather and the presence of sufficient, permanent snowpack throughout most of the county,” stated officials from Natural Resources. “As a result, start and end dates vary from year to year, but generally the burn season runs from late November through March.”
Now that open burning season is over in Grand County all fires will now be governed by the county’s normal fire restrictions. Those normal restrictions limit fires to personal/recreational fires no larger than three feet by three feet by two feet. As the summer progresses, and if fire danger spikes in the high country, Grand County’s Commissioners may move to impose more robust fire restrictions with more severe limitations regarding allowable fires.
Grand County’s government imposed stage one fire restrictions in late June last year, just one day before the outbreak of the Golf Course Fire that threatened hundreds of homes in the Grand Lake area.
Shortly after, on July 2, Grand County adopted stage two fire restrictions, which imposed still more limitations. Stage two restrictions remained in place for roughly three weeks before Grand County reverted back to stage one restrictions.
Grand County remained under stage one restrictions for the remainder of the summer and much of the fall. The stage one restrictions eventually expired on Oct. 9.
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the national Trout Unlimited group received the funding and to clarify exactly what the money will pay for.