Vail Valley fire restrictions lifted
Ryan Summerlin August 3, 2012
EAGLE COUNTY – The town of Avon, after consultation with the Eagle River Fire Protection District, joined the town of Vail and Eagle County in lifting all fire restrictions this week.
Fire restrictions are also rescinded on all public lands in the White River National Forest and lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in most parts of Eagle County with the exception of BLM lands upstream from the State Bridge area, which remains under Stage 1 restrictions.
Recent weather patterns brought monsoonal rains to the area increasing the humidity and the moisture content of the vegetation. Current weather predictions indicate that this weather patter to continue through August.
Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller warns that the fuels in and around Vail are still drier than normal and the region continues to be susceptible to wildfires, so residents and guests should remain cautious.
Despite the lifting of fire restrictions, the town of Avon reminds residents and guests to be cautious with campfires and grills and to report any suspicious or unknown smoke or fire, because human-caused fires account for nearly 90 percent of the wildfires in the U.S.
A comprehensive listing of fire restrictions throughout the state and other fire related emergency information are available online at www.coemergency.com. Information on current wildfires in Colorado and around the country is available at www.inciweb.org. To receive real-time emergency text or email notifications, subscribe to EC Alert at www.ecalert.org.