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Fire banned in Eagle County

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Eagle County will institute a fire ban Monday due to “unseasonably warm and dry weather patterns,” it was announced Friday.

The ban will apply to all nonfederal lands in Eagle County.

Open burning is already restricted on Bureau of Land Management land in Eagle County. The Forest Service has not yet restricted burning on local lands, said Bill Kight, spokesman for the White River National Forest.

Fire danger remains “high to very high,” according to a press release from Eagle County.

The following is prohibited until further notice:

– Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal- or wood-burning stove, any type of charcoal-fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas.

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

– Using explosive material such as fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable material. The arrest and conviction of the use of these devices is a class four felony.

– Welding or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame outside of buildings.

– Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a “spark- arresting device” properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ellen Heffernan said Friday there was a chance of a sprinkling of rain overnight, while the weekend would be dry. The chance of rain will increase next week, she added.

The service doesn’t record temperatures in Eagle County, but in Aspen, measurements show temperatures and precipitation have both been below normal so far this summer.


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