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Fire restrictions begin June 27

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Stage 1 fire restrictions begin June 27 in Garfield County for unincorporated private lands and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands. 
Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. 
“Despite a good snowpack year, recent hot and dry weather has created high fire danger at elevations below about 8,000 feet,” said Gloria Tibbetts, Acting Field Manager for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office.

Added Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, “People in Garfield County understand what fires season is, and we typically see good compliance with fire restrictions, which helps reduce the number of human-caused fires.”
 BLM and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the following temporary restrictions:
• Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds
• No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas
• No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
• No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets
• No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation
• No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order
Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.