COVID-19 Fire Restriction Information
COVID-19 FIRE RESTRICTION ORDER IN EFFECT AS OF 12:01 AM, APRIL 7TH, 2020 AND WILL REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL MAY 31ST, 2020 OR UNTIL RESCINDED, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.
The purpose of this Regional Order is to protect public health, safety, and natural resources by preventing wildfires, as Firefighting
and Law Enforcement resources are limited, during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has been declared a National Emergency.
The following acts are prohibited on all National Forest System lands or National Grasslands within the Rocky
Mountain Region (Region 2) of the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service in the States of Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming:
1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues,
coal and wood burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves. 36 CFR §261.52(a).
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building. 36 CFR § 261.52(c).
Current information on the fire ban and restrictions affecting Grand County, Colorado are posted here as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow any restrictions and check often for updates. Details can be found here at the Department of Natural Resources http://www.co.grand.co.us/142/Open-Burning
Remember: Burn barrels are illegal in the State of Colorado, the following is information from the CO Dept. of Public Health & Environment:
Why Can’t I burn in a burn barrel?
- It’s the law–Burn barrels are defined as incinerators using the definition given in the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) Common Provisions Regulation. Incinerators require Construction Permits and are subject to federal and state testing requirements and regulations. Incinerators are required by the EPA to have pollution control systems that reduce emissions.
- Burn barrels do not combust efficiently, resulting in limited oxygen and lower temperatures that create smoke, odors and a variety of toxic pollutants like dioxins. Dioxins are known carcinogens and can increase the risk of both short-term and long-term health problems. Burn barrels not only impact your own health, but the health of your neighbors and the environment. The smoke created by burn barrels also creates a nuisance.