Fire restrictions to be lifted on BLM land in Routt County

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— All fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management land in Routt County will be lifted at midnight Wednesday, allowing people to have recreational fires.

Restrictions already have been lifted for Routt National Forest, unincorporated areas and state land in Routt County as well as the towns of Oak Creek and Hayden.

Stage 2 restrictions remain in effect in the town of Yampa and the city of Steamboat Springs. Yampa is expected to remain at Stage 2 restrictions until Sept. 24, when the ordinance expires. Stage 2 restrictions prohibit fires, even those contained to fire rings at campgrounds.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Aug. 7 unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would ease restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Sept. 4. If approved, the change would take effect Sept. 14 and would allow people to use charcoal grills but still would prohibit recreational fires outside of campgrounds, picnic areas or developed recreational sites. Once the city goes to Stage 1 restrictions, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart has the authority to completely remove fire restrictions.

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