Routt County commissioners expected to lift fire restrictions Tuesday

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— With the arrival of monsoonal rains, the Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider Tuesday rescinding Stage 1 fire restrictions.

The restrictions impact private lands in unincorporated Routt County as well as state lands.

Fire restrictions began going into effect in late June. Stage 1 restrictions in Routt County prohibited agricultural burns, burning trash and any campfires that are not in designated campgrounds or recreational sites.

"Rescinding the existing fire restrictions does not mean there is no fire danger," a news release stated. "It just means the extreme conditions have somewhat moderated."

Other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service are expected to follow suit.

Fire officials still urge people to never leave a campfire unattended because wind can carry embers and start a wildfire. It also is advised to only build a small fire on bare soil with brush cleared away or to try to use an existing fire ring.

When people are finished with a fire, they should pour water on a fire, stir it and make sure it is cool to the touch before leaving.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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