Parts of Routt County eliminating fire restrictions |

Parts of Routt County eliminating fire restrictions

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.

Stage 2 fire restrictions

Stage 2 restrictions prohibit:

■ Open flames, including campfires, stove fires and use of charcoal grills.

■ Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

■ Possessing or using fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, including tracer ammunition.

■ Using explosives, including targets that could explode.

■ Using any internal or external combustion engines (such as chain saws) without a properly working spark arrester.

Editor’s note: Fire restrictions in Steamboat Springs city limits won’t change until after a second reading of the ordinance, scheduled for Sept. 4, is approved. The ordinance then must be published in the paper of record, the Sunday Steamboat Pilot & Today, five days before the ordinance can take effect. That information has been corrected below.