Summit’s fire danger returns to high

FRISCO — The county’s fire danger moved from moderate back to high on Friday afternoon, according to officials with Summit Fire and EMS.

Summit Fire Chief Jeff Berino said low relative humidity and high winds have moved the county’s timber fuel group into the 90th percentile. Berino also noted that the county’s grasses have begun an aggressive curing process, spurring the increase in danger.

The county’s Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in place. The following is prohibited under Stage 1 fire restrictions:

  • Any open fire unless expressly authorized.
  • The use or sale of recreational fireworks.
  • The use of tracer ammunition or any other projectile containing incendiary materials.
  • The use of recreational explosives, including exploding targets.
  • The disposal of any burning object outdoors, including cigarettes, cigars and matches.

U.S. Forest Service Prohibited Activities:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire — including barbecues and grills — except in a permanent fire pit or grate within developed recreation sites.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester and a minimum 2A rated fire extinguisher.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and with a fire extinguisher.
  • The use of any explosives.

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