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Eagle County headed to Stage II fire restrictions

June 23, 2021, 5:30 pm

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday issued the following press release about going to Stage II fire restrictions on Friday:

With Colorado facing extremely dangerous fire conditions, Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek will enact Stage II fire restrictions in Eagle County. All law enforcement and fire agencies throughout Eagle County would like to thank everyone for their compliance, and cooperation with our current fire restrictions.

These updated Stage II fire restrictions will take effect on June 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

These updated Stage II fire restrictions prohibit all of the following activities:Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, any type of charcoal fueled broiler, tiki torch, wood burning stove, sheepherders stove, or open fire of any type. These activities are prohibited on developed camping and picnic grounds and private property.

  • Except: Fire devices using a pressurized liquid or gas with shutoff valves are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable material such as grasses, debris or pine needles. Fireplaces and wood burning stoves inside structures equipped with ember or spark arresters attached to chimneys are also exempted.

Use of any explosive requiring fuse or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, firearms, exploding targets, and tracers or incendiary ammunition. Outdoor recreational shooting.

  • Except: Outdoor recreational shooting will be allowed only in pre-approved and designated shooting-ranges that have been approved and authorized in writing by the local fire-protection district and/or the Eagle County Sheriff after inspection and a finding that proper fire-mitigation efforts have been employed, and that appropriate fire-suppression equipment is maintained on site.  Under no circumstance may any explosive requiring fuse or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, firearms, exploding targets  and tracers or incendiary ammunition be used at any such designated and approved shooting range.

Outdoor Smoking.

  • Except: outdoor smoking is allowed within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or tent.

Operating a chainsaw, cutoff saw, or any other mechanical equipment without an approved spark arrestor and without chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (8 oz. capability by weight or larger and kept with the operator) and without one “O” or larger round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches that is readily available for use.

Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.

  • Except: welding or operating a torch with open flame is allowed with a current permit, contract or letter of authorization from your local fire district and the welding area must be barren or cleared of all flammable material for 10 feet on all sides of the equipment.

Using a motor vehicle off established roads, motorized trails or established parking areas.

  • Except: parking in a non-established parking area is allowed if the area is devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the vehicle. 36 CFR § 261.56.

Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either:

  • Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a).

The following persons are exempt from this order:

  • Persons with a permit or letter of authorization specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
  • Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Violation of county or federal fire restrictions are punishable by a fine (up to $100,000) or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

We want to remind our community, as well as visitors to the area, that they are our first line of defense in preventing wildland fires. Thank you everyone for doing your part to keep Eagle County safe and beautiful.When we are in a Red Flag Warning in Eagle County, this will automatically move restrictions up to the next level of fire restrictions. This means that while we are implementing Stage II Fire Restrictions and a Red Flag Warning is in effect we will move to a Fire Ban. More in depth information regarding the fire restrictions in Eagle County can be located at


A comprehensive listing of fire restrictions throughout the state and other fire related emergency information can be found online at www.coemergency.com .

Information on current wildfires in Colorado and around the country is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is urging people living in and near fire-prone areas to be prepared for the worst by protecting their property through clearing brush and removing dead branches, along with many other steps that are outlined at www.firewise.org. In addition, residents should prepare for emergency evacuation plans and make sure they have their most valuable and important possessions prepared in the event they are required to immediately leave the area.
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