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Eagle County Sheriff urges extreme caution in hot, dry weather

Daily staff report

EAGLE COUNTY — As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community to use extreme caution during periods of hot, dry weather. Summer is officially here, everyone is enjoying the outdoors and now is the time to prevent wildfires. Staying focused on prevention, protecting our lands and keeping our families and first responders safe is a high priority.

It is extremely important to use caution when working or playing in the outdoors. Always keep in mind that preparing campfires, dealing with projects at home or work, playing with fireworks, towing vehicles and operating mowers can all be potential threats for igniting a fire. Wildfire season is here and prevention is key. Working together to help prevent wildfires keeps our community safe.

Consider tips about creating a defensible space around your home or property, don’t risk the use of illegal fireworks and learn more about fire restrictions before building a campfire. Reducing risk is not the responsibility of one agency or group, but of everyone who lives, works and plays in the community. It is important to remember that wildland fire is a natural process within certain ecosystems. However, large wildfires have been more prevalent in recent years and can threaten lives and property.

Educate yourself online and follow @USForestService @Smokey_Bear #PreventWildfire #OneLessSpark and be sure to check current fire restrictions before you play.

Receive current Eagle County updates at: http://www.eaglecounty.us/Emergency/Fire_Restriction_Information/.

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View a comprehensive listing of fire restrictions in place throughout the county and the state of Colorado at: http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.

• Find information on current wildfires in Colorado and around the country at http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

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