USFS Institutes a Stage I Fire Ban in Leadville Today
Noon Update – Effective immediately, the United States Forest Service (USFS) has instituted a Stage I Fire Ban on all USFS lands (all Federal land, including BLM) in Lake County effective as of 8 a.m. today, July 13. As predicted this order comes in on the heels of the county’s announcement which is outlined below. Basically the Stage I Fire Ban is in effect now!
Stage One Fire Ban Takes Effect Locally Friday 8 a.m.
Effective at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 15 Lake County Sheriff Rod Fenkse and Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Dan Dailey will officially put into effect a Stage One Fire Ban for all unincorporated Lake County. The unusually dry, warm weather in our state has caused the fire danger to become moderate in Lake County.
So what does that mean?
Under a Stage I Fire Restriction, the following acts are prohibited on all unincorporated land, roads and trails described herein, until further notice:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire. This includes charcoal.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
- No fireworks.
But not to worry all you campers, because as long as the camp fires are on private property in pits made of metal, masonry or concrete – or – your camp fires is in a developed campground, like around Turquoise Lake you are within the ban restriction guidelines. Other exemptions include:
- Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
- Persons using a fire solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels.
- Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
- Any Federal. State or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
- Public firework displays approved by Sheriff/Fire Chief
It’s no great surprise that Lake County saw some change in its fire ban restrictions considering the recent Lodgepole Fire which was quickly managed and extinguished. Other fires across the state have not been as lucky, prompting several counties in Colorado to put fire restrictions in place, including Clear Creek, Teller, Gilpin, Jefferson, Elbert, Douglas, Huerfano, Larimer, Lincoln and now Lake, with others sure to follow suit as hot dry conditions are in the extended forecast.
Of course, fire restrictions can change at any time, depending on the conditions. Leadville Today will update readers if there are any changes.