Saguache County issues Stage 1 fire restrictions—open fire ban in 5 SLV counties & public lands

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Effective June 6, 2012, a Stage 1 Fire Ban is in effect for Saguache County and five other counties in the San Luis Valley, as well as the surrounding federal land management agencies.

The fire ban restrictions as posted by Ordinance by Saguache County are:

(1) The following activities are hereby deemed to be “open fires” for the purposes of
this Ordinance and are subject to the ban:

A. Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire to burn trash, debris,
fence rows, or vegetation, any campfire, warming fire, or charcoal grill

B. Lighting of fireworks of any kind.

C. Disposing of any burning material or material hot enough to cause the ignition of weeds or grass such as cigarette or cigar butts or hot coals except in a fireproof receptacle designated for such disposal.

(2) The following person(s) and acts shall be exempted from the provisions of this

A. Persons with a valid permit or authorization from the Saguache County
Sheriff that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

B. Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or
firefighting force, in the performance of an official duty.

C. Any fires contained within a liquid fuel or gas stove, fireplaces within
buildings, or propane grill fires.

D. Campfires or bonfires required on religious ceremonies, for which a
valid written permit/authorization has been granted in advance by the
Saguache County Sheriff.

E. Fires in an established fire grate in a developed Forest Service/BLM
campground (this allowance is so that the County will be consistent with
the Forest Service/BLM Stage 1 fire restrictions).


As a reminder, the use of explosives and incendiary devices, including fireworks, are prohibited on all federal lands.


For more information please contact the San Luis Valley Public Lands Center at 852-5941, Saguache County Sheriff’s office at 655-2525 or visit the <>Saguache County website for the full ordinance issued for the fire ban.


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