Unincorporated parts of county under fire ban | SummitDaily.com

Unincorporated parts of county under fire ban

ANDREW HARLEYsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners of Summit County enacted a Level I fire ban Tuesday in unincorporated areas of Summit County.According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, this measure was based upon the existing dry conditions in the forests and grasslands in the county. The current burn index is high to very high and the weather forecast predicts continued dryness.”This has to do with the fact that (the county) has seen very little rainfall in May and (so far) in June,” said division chief and fire marshall for Lake Dillon Fire Steve Skulski. “Sheriff Minor has been in contact with fire departments since last week. He was worried, and they supported him in this decision.”So, when the expected moist weather didn’t arrive this past weekend, the ban was enacted.According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, a Level I fire ban prohibits open fires and the use of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county with the exception of the designated fire rings of improved campgrounds and at private residences.The sheriff’s office has begun to enforce the ban, and the penalties for violating the ban include a $150 fine for first offenses, $500 for second offenses and $1,000 for all subsequent offenses.

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