Fire restrictions suspended in Grand Coutny
September 1, 2016
The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) held a special meeting on Thursday, September 1 to consider suspending the fire restrictions in Grand County. Sherriff Brett Schroetlin said he did not see any current need for fire restrictions at this time. Commissioners Linke and Tollett passed a motion via cell phone calls to suspend the fire restrictions for the county. Commissioner Manguso was absent from the special meeting.
Fire restrictions are "suspended" to allow maximum flexibility for the Sherriff's office and BOCC in case Grand County experiences a particularly dry spell in the near future. Schroetlin said the Sherriff's office would begin removing signage throughout the county, as the fire restriction suspension is effective immediately.
Before the ban was lifted, fire restrictions only allowed for fires in permanently constructed fire rings at private residences, parks, campgrounds, or picnic areas.
Fire restrictions went into affect on Friday, July 15 and have consistently been evaluated since that time. Due to cooler temperatures and low relative humidity, the fire danger in the County has decreased, which has allowed for this change in restriction status. County officials strongly urge residents and visitors to continue to use care and caution when having recreational fires, smoking outdoors, operating machinery or torches, and using firearms. Pile or slash burning is not allowed until Open Burning Season commences in November. The Sheriff's Office, local, state, and federal fire officials will continue monitoring fire conditions in Grand County and future restrictions will be evaluated if the need arises.