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Briefs: Fires banned on federal land

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Fires are restricted on Eagle County land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Beginning, Saturday, they will be restricted in the national forest throughout the valley.

Campfires are allowed only in designated fire grates in developed campgrounds and smoking is allowed only inside vehicles and buildings. Explosive materials are banned.

“Much of western Colorado below 8,000 feet is experiencing very high to extreme fire danger, and hot, dry weather is expected to continue,” said Jamie Connell, the bureau’s field manager in Glenwood Springs.

“These are Stage 1 fire restrictions,” Connell said. “If hot and dry conditions continue, we could move into Stage 2 restrictions, which would mean no campfires, even in developed campgrounds.”

But the same restrictions are in effect for land managed by the agency’s Grand Junction office. Mesa, Garfield and Pitkin counties have also enacted fire bans.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has no plans to enact a fire ban on non-federal land in Eagle County, said spokeswoman Kim Andree.

Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a $100,000 fine and 12 months in prison.

For more information about fire restrictions on federal lands, call (970)947-2800 or log on to

EAGLE-VAIL ” A Beaver Creek man is less than 200 miles away Tuesday from completing a ride across Canada for a girl’s school in Uganda.

Warren Schick, athletic director at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, has ridden his bicycle about 2,000 miles in 33 days, he said. Schick hopes to raise $50,000 for a women’s vocational school in Uganda.

Despite an aching hamstring injury and ferocious wind, Schick continued his ride, he said.

“l have so many looking out for me, friends and family, and so many l don’t want to let down,” Schick wrote in an e-mail from Montreal. “So l kept going, and it has made it that much more rewarding.”

He began the ride in Nova Scotia and hoped to end in Renfrew, Ontario, near Ottawa.

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” Steve Lynn

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. ” Vail Resorts, Inc. will donate at least $75,000 to people hit by the wildfire burning south of Lake Tahoe, near where the company’s Heavenly Mountain Resort is located.

“The loss of nearly 3,000 acres of forested and residential land in the Lake Tahoe Basin is a tragedy which reminds us all of the importance to protect and enjoy our national forests,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Vail Resorts will try to help residents who need clothing, food and shelter, Katz said.

The fire has not spread to Heavenly but the resort shut down its gondola to make way for emergency operations and so employees could take care of their families Vail Resorts said.

The resort’s gondola, hiking trails, on-mountain restaurants and sightseeing tours will start again Thursday. The area also is planning to hold its annual Fourth of July fireworks display over Lake Tahoe.

EAGLE-VAIL ” Teams of eight to 12 players are needed for a kickball tournament Aug. 18 that will raise money for The Samaritan Center of the Rockies, a community counseling center.

Businesses, residents and other organizations can form teams for the sixth annual Evan Chaffee Kickball Classic, which takes place at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion.

Registration fees are $350 per team, which includes up 10 kickball T-shirts and 12 breakfast tickets per team.

The tournament begins with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. There also is a lunch at 11 a.m.

For more information, call Evans Chaffee at 845-0466.

EDWARDS ” This year’s Vail Mountain School Home Tour, a fundraiser for the East Vail private school, takes place Sept. 16 in the exclusive, gated-community of Cordillera.

The home tour has raised $70,000 for the school in recent years. The funds collected this year will be used for scholarships.

The homes on the tour have stone, rough-sawn wood-siding and covered porches. Inside the homes, visitors will see a variety of designs including a glass-enclosed bridge and a moat with turrets.

Architects, contractors and designers will be on the tour to answer questions.

The tour also includes lunch at the Chaparral Restaurant.

Tickets may be purchased beginning July 15 by calling the school at 477-7177 and after Sept. 1 at Gorsuch Ltd. in Vail Village and Beaver Creek; American Ski Exchange in Vail Village, the Bag and Pack Shop in Vail Village and Avon and the Silver Buckle in Edwards. They also may be purchased on the day of the Tour.

Advance ticket sales are discounted at $45, $35 over age 62, and $35 for students.

Prices the day of the Tour are $50 and $45 respectively. Rates for senior and student of twenty or more are $30 per person

Parking and the “Epicurean Gourmet Pantry” will be at the Harold and Mary Louise Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards where vans will shuttle guests to and from the homes.

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