Town of Silverthorne enacts fire ban |

Town of Silverthorne enacts fire ban

Open fires in Silverthorne now punishable by fine

Due to the wildfire currently active in Summit County and the current fire conditions in our community, effective at noon today, July 6, the town of Silverthorne will enact a Fire Ban under Municipal Code 2-4-49. This ban restricts open fires, detailed below, but does not restrict the use of personal barbecue grills.

The ban will remain in effect until fire conditions change and will reflect input from the White River National Forest Service and Summit County Sheriff’s Office. The Summit County Board of Commissioners has issued Stage 1 fire restrictions banning open fires and fireworks in the County.

“We appreciate our citizens’ cooperation and understanding, and it is incumbent upon all of us to do our part and help keep our community safe,” said Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor, in a statement.

The town of Silverthorne encourages the public to register for emergency messaging through the Summit County Alert system:

Silverthorne Municipal Code Sec. 2-4-49. – Fire bans

(a)The Police Chief is hereby authorized to declare emergency fire bans on open fires, as necessary from time to time, to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Town. For purposes of this Section, an open fire shall be defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wild lands, trash and debris. The following fires shall be exempt from any ban imposed under this Section:

(1)Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves or chimineas;

(2)Fires in fireplaces or stoves within all buildings;

(3)Charcoal-fueled fires contained with-in grills;

(4)Fires within permanent fire pits on privately owned property if such contained fire is under constant supervision and is not overly large to cause alarm to the residents or neighbors of the property containing the fire pit;

(5)Pre-approved public fireworks displays;

(6)Fires used to inflate and propel hot air balloons; and

(7)Fires authorized by a Fire Protection District, United States Forest Service or the Summit County Environmental Health Department pursuant to a properly issued burn permit or equivalent U.S. Forest Service administrative approval.

(b)The Police Chief, upon approval of the Town Manager, is hereby authorized to increase the restrictions imposed by any fire ban under this Section, including the reduction or elimination of the permitted exceptions to any such fire ban under Subsection (a) hereof and the imposition of any other restriction as shall be necessary and appropriate for the protection of the public. The Police Chief shall publicize any fire ban imposed under this Section in any reasonable manner designed to inform the public.

(c)Violations of this Section shall be punished by the Municipal Court as a noncriminal infraction under a penalty assessment of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for the first offense, five hundred dollars ($500.00) for the second offense and nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($999.00) for all subsequent offenses. (Ord. 2007-07 §2; Ord. 2012-7 §1)

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