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Crestone Eagle, July 2006:
Extreme fire bans issued by state,
county, town & Forest
No fireworks! No open fires! 80,000 acres in
Colo. already burned and summerís just begun
by Diane Bairstow
On June 1st, Saguache County declared a Fire
Hazard Emergency and put the county under Level 1 Fire Restrictions.
Any fire, including campfires and charcoal fueled barbeque
grills are prohibited. Also prohibited are: all fireworks,
smoking outdoors, and welding or operating an acetylene torch
(or similar device) with an open flame. Permitted are propane
grills with an on/off switch and chainsaws with adequate spark
The Rio Grande National Forest and BLM lands in the SLV have
raised their fire ban to a level 2 which prohibtis “Building,
maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal, charcoal
or wood burning stove.” Fireworks are prohibited. No
smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building. Fires,
even in a developed recreation sites are not permitted. Exceptions
to this are petroleum fueled, bottled or liquid gas stoves,
lanterns or heating devices.
Gov. Bill Owens announced on June 21 a ban on open burning
on state land. This ban includes campfires, warming fires,
charcoal grills, fireworks and “any other activity that
poses a significant risk of starting a fire.”
The Town of Crestone has also raised their restrictions to
be the same as the county and Forest Service. Fireworks and
open fires and smoking outdoors in public areas are prohibited.
Penalties for starting a fire are high and include all damages,
all costs for fire suppression, up to 12 years in jail, a
$750,000 fine, and possible civil damages that are tripled
for someone starting a fire. If that isn’t enough, there
is the personal horror of knowing your careless act caused
horrible damage and destruction. Also know that it is a criminal
activity to toss a burning object, such as a cigarette, from
a motor vehicle. Be cautious!
to the Eagle!