Forest sticks with fire restrictions |

Forest sticks with fire restrictions

Daily staff report

SUMMIT COUNTY – Friday’s snow will not affect fire bans this weekend.

Despite the snow, the state’s conditions are still dry, with high fire danger, said Sue Froeschle, public affairs officer for the White River National Forest.

The following acts are prohibited on all National Forest System lands within the White River National Forest – including Summit, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, and Gunnison counties – until further notice.

– Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler, or a coal or wood stove – except in a Forest Service-developed camp or picnic ground.

– 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.

– Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.

– Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order, which has met the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service standard or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice.

Campfires, charcoal broilers and coal or wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds or picnic areas only.

Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices are allowed elsewhere, provided they meet safety specifications.

Resident owners and those who lease land within the restricted area are exempt from the fire ban, provided such fires are within a residence.

Violations are punishable as a misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 per individual, $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

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