Fire Restrictions placed in Northwest Colorado

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Due to dry conditions, fire restrictions has been placed across Northwest Colorado to prevent a disaster from happening.

In a press release from the Bureau Of Land Management on June 16, 2021, restrictions had been placed on administered lands in several counties across the northwest such as Larimer, Grand, Jackson, Eagle, Summit amid others as well as lands with Kremmlings, White River and little snake field offices. 

These places are widely known for their incessant dryness and is quite populated.

 Coming in conjunction with other restrictions to begin this week in Colorado National Forest that includes Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and portions of the Arapaho National Forest, the order was placed and citizens were advised to adhere to it strictly.

Established in 1946 to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public lands, the Bureau Of Land Management Colorado Office At 2850, Young Field St, CO 80215, Colorado has placed Northwest Colorado as a priority and makes effort to put it in order as well as making it safe for indigenes and wildlife.

“High temperatures and dry conditions have resulted in high fire danger throughout our area and it is our duty to do the protection” Bureau of Land Management Fire Management Officer, Jim Michaels had stated in the release.

According to the release, recent hot and windy conditions across Northwest Colorado have dried out fuels and thunderstorms with little to no moisture.

The citizens were however told to relax as there was no cause for either panic or alarm.

The restrictions following stages has been placed on the first restriction where campfires will be allowed in developed restriction sites like formal campgrounds where permanent fire grates are installed.

Other restrictions following according to the release included citizens making sure no fire of any type is lit but can make use of stoves and gas, making reports when anyone is seen smoking except in a barren area or an enclosed vehicle or building, ensuring that there is no use of explosive materials, no welding or operation of an acetylene or similar torch with open flame.

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Releasing a map of restricted areas, the Bureau Of Land Management had stated that people should abide by the rules and avoid parking beneath tall dry trees, should have equipment’s that have working spark arresters and trailers should be inspected to ensure that chains are not being dragged.

“We all have to be careful, for our safety.” The fire management officer had added to the press release and we could without doubt adhere to the instructions for our good and the wellbeing of the counties involved.

Starting the stage one ban in full effect on June 16, 2021, the fire and aviation officer for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and Pawnee National Grassland, Cody Peel, present at the news release had stated that much of Grand County was experiencing extreme to extraordinary drought conditions.

“Vegetation across the Grand County is rapidly drying out and fire danger indices are already where they were when last year’s historic fires occurred” he added.

Stating that it was a proactive move on the part of the Bureau of Land Management, Brianna Bealo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service ins Grand Junction had also said that because everything was dry right now, any sort of spark could set off a fire. 

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However at Routt County, a fine has been placed on whosoever violates the fire ban with as much as $100 fine and for subsequent offences, $1000.

With all of these happenings, staying safe should be our priority at the moment.

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