Leadville News – June 15

Stage I Fire Ban in Leadville Today

A Stage One Fire Ban is in effect immediately in Lake County and surrounding forest areas! Fire and smoking restrictions were placed on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) located on the Leadville, Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC).

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According to officials in a media advisory released earlier this morning, “Fire danger is very high across sections of the PSICC. This area will experience a high potential for large fires unless the U.S. Forest Service sees a significant change in the weather patterns.

The Order will be in effect until December 31, 2018 or, until rescinded!

Stage One Fire Ban Takes Effect Locally Friday 6 a.m.

Effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 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.
Campfires Extinguished_bEST

ONLY YOU! There has been an increase in reports concerning un-extinguished campfires in Lake County and across the state. Photo: LCOEM.

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 Buffalo Mountain Fire in Summit County and the Bocco Wildfire in Eagle County which were quickly managed and extinguished. 

Of course, fire restrictions can change at any time, depending on the conditions. Leadville Today will update readers if there are any changes.

Early morning hours on June 12 saw a low-lying haze that had settled into the valleys overnight from the nearby #BoccoFire in Eagle County.

Indy Pass Arrest With Guns Drawn

Indy Pass Arrest Story Link

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