BLM fire restrictions for Routt, Moffat take effect Wednesday

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— Bureau of Land Management officials announced Tuesday that fire restrictions will go into effect starting Wednesday on BLM land in the Little Snake Field Office, which encompasses Routt and Moffat counties.

“Current conditions and fire activity have prompted many counties and agencies in Colorado to enact fire restrictions in an effort to curtail the occurrence of human-caused fires,” assistant fire management officer Dave Toelle was quoted as saying in a news release. “There is no significant rain in the immediate forecasts, so with safety and fire prevention efforts in mind, we’re implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions.”

Stage 1 restrictions prohibit:

■ Building a fire except at designated recreation sites using provided fire grates.

■ Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

■ Fireworks of any type, including sparklers.

■ Explosives, welding and torches. Engines are required to have a spark-arresting device correctly installed.

Violation of fire restrictions is punishable by a fine as much as $1,000 and imprisonment for as long as 12 months.

In addition to BLM land, fire restrictions also are in effect in Routt National Forest and unincorporated areas or Routt County.

Find a statewide listing of fire restrictions at www.coemergency.com/p/fire-ban-info.html.

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