Sheriff enforces fire ban |

Sheriff enforces fire ban


SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Sheriff’s office continues to enforce the fire ban enacted Wednesday by the county. All fireworks and open fires are prohibited in unincorporated areas of Summit County, with the exception of fires within designated fire rings at improved campgrounds or private residences.Sergeant Cale Osborn said there have been a few incidences of fireworks usage since the ban went into effect, but no citations have been given yet for open fires. Fines for violating the ban range from $150 to $1,000.Concern about continued dry conditions throughout the county’s forests and grasslands provoked the ban, and according to Forest Service spokesperson Kristi Ponozzo, the weekend fire danger for the White River National Forest is listed as “moderate.” Fire danger in other areas outside the forest range from moderate to very high. Pitkin and Eagle counties instituted similar fire bans Friday.

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