Forest Service eases fire restrictions Wednesday

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— On Wednesday, campers will be able to light fires in fully enclosed grills, gas grills or in developed camping spots in the Routt National Forest without breaking fire restrictions on the public lands.
Fire restrictions in the National Forest around Steamboat Springs were eased slightly under an order from Forest Supervisor Jerry Schmidt, who implemented a no-fire policy Aug. 14. The all-out ban was issued because of a risk of wildfires caused by dry conditions.
In addition to stove fires, the Forest Service will starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday allow smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of flammable material.
Campers are still not allowed to light pit fires outside developed campgrounds.
The loosening of fire restrictions is a result of changing weather.
"We are encouraged by the cooler nighttime temperatures and scattered rainfall that we have received lately," said Mary Porubek, forest assistant fire management officer.
However, low moisture in fuels and dry winds still pose a danger for fires, she added.

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