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Commissioners approve a fire ban in Grand County

Commissioners approved a fire ban for unincorporated Grand County on Tuesday.

Although commercial professional fireworks displays are allowed, the sale and use of personal fireworks is prohibited by the ban, according to the decision made in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Use of charcoal grills or gas outdoor grills on private property such as home decks still is allowed under the ban, but use of charcoal grills on public property is prohibited.

And use of fire pits of any kind on private property is not allowed — such as chimineas, wrought iron fire pits and backyard fire pits.

However, the fire ban does not restrict use of fire rings and pits at supervised, developed and "established" campgrounds in Grand County, commercial and public.

Burning of fence rows, irrigation ditches, fields, wildlands, trash and debris is prohibited.

Use of an indoor fireplace is allowed.

The ban was approved based on information from U.S. Forest Service officials and in agreement with the Grand County Sheriff's Office. It went into effect at 1 p.m. Tuesday — about two hours after commissioners unanimously approved the ban.

The so-called Stage 1 county "ban" on outdoor fires is similar to and meant to work in unison with the U.S. Forest Service's Stage 1 fire "restrictions," which are scheduled to be implemented by Friday, according to U.S. Forest officials.

At Rocky Mountain National Park, Level 1 fire restrictions are standard on a daily basis, according to park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. Fires are only allowed in designated and developed camping areas. "We always operate under fire restrictions," she said. "We don't allow open fires, period."