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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – August 24, 2021 - Pursuant to Ordinance No. 2013-002, an ordinance to restrict fires in unincorporated portions of Routt County during periods of high fire danger, the Routt County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and enact Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2021, and will remain in force until rescinded.
Fire restrictions are considered only when very high or extreme fire danger exists and is predicted to persist. This determination is based upon current conditions, long-term weather forecasts, and upon the heavy, dry fuel loading which creates the potential for uncontrollable fires.
Wildfires can affect entire communities by destroying homes and natural habitat and by killing wildlife, as well as creating widespread poor air quality, which can cause problems for people outdoors, particularly those with respiratory ailments. People must take all necessary safety precautions in wildlands and forests. The restrictions will remain in effect until officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of a human-caused wildfire. Rescinding the restrictions will be considered when the critical elements diminish.
Federal, state, and local partners throughout the region study and discuss weekly several factors to determine when restrictions are recommended or necessary, such as moisture content of the fuels, current and forecasted weather conditions, and availability of suppression resources throughout the region. These factors and the associated criteria that are measured provide a more scientific and accurate process for determining when fire restrictions are necessary.
STAGE 1 RESTRICTIONS
The following acts are prohibited on all private and state owned lands outside of municipal boundaries. This does not affect federal lands within Routt County.
Exemptions from Stage 1 Restrictions:
Fine Schedule and Penalty Assessment Procedure. Any person who violates this order commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600) for each separate offense. However, the following fine schedule shall apply:
Should you have any questions, please call your Fire Protection District Chief or the Routt County Office of Emergency Management at (970) 870-5551. Thank you for your cooperation.
North Routt Fire Protection DistrictMike Swinsick – (970) 879-6064
West Routt Fire Protection DistrictTrevor Guire – (970) 276-3511
Oak Creek Fire Protection DistrictChuck Wisecup – (970) 736-8104
Yampa Fire Protection DistrictMachia ‘Ky’ Cox – (970) 846-2169
Steamboat Springs Fire RescueChuck Cerasoli – (970) 879-7170
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