Grand County rolls fire ban back to Stage I |

Grand County rolls fire ban back to Stage I

Reid Tulley
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County has moved to a Stage I fire ban, which makes it legal again to have campfires in permanent fire pits or grates within established campgrounds or picnic grounds or to use a charcoal grill on private property.

The resolution to reduce the fire ban was approved by the county commissioners during a special meeting on Tuesday, July 24.

Under the Stage I fire ban, open burning and open fires are still illegal as well as the sale or use of fireworks.

While it is now legal to use charcoal grills, the resolution mentions that smoking outside city limits is still strongly discouraged except within enclosed motor vehicles, buildings, or developed picnic and campgrounds.

Violators of this resolution could be fined $100 for the first offense and $250 for the second offense.

The commissioners will re-evaluate the fire danger in one or two weeks, said Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson.

If Grand County continues to receive moisture during the next two weeks, the fire ban may be lifted completely. Or, if the conditions dry out, the fire ban may be returned to Stage II, Johnson said.

Rocky Mountain National Park and the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest reverted to Stage I bans last week. It is still illegal, however, to shoot firearms in the national forest on the district except for hunting.

Visitors are urged to check with the proper jurisdiction for detailed information prior to starting any kind of fire.

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