White River National Forest imposes fire limits | SummitDaily.com

White River National Forest imposes fire limits

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Effective at noon today, fire restrictions will be in place on the White River National Forest in Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Pitkin and Summit counties.

“We are working closely with those counties that have imposed similar restrictions,” said Sue Froeschle, a spokesperson for the Forest Service.

Restrictions target 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. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is allowed elsewhere, providing such devices meet the fire underwriters specifications for safety.

Smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

There are some other restricted activities, such as welding, that affect some people, and there are exceptions made for people with permits or those with official duties on the forest.

When in doubt, don’t light that match. Violations are punishable by a fine and could lead to prison.

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