Crestone Eagle, July 2004:
Fire bans & restrictions in effect for National Forest, Crestone & Baca
Lack of precipitation in May and most of June
has led to drought conditions in Saguache County with fire
bans in effect in Crestone and public lands managed by the
Bureau of Land Management and Rio Grande National Forest.
In Crestone there is a ban on outdoor fires and the burning
of trash, weeds or dry grass. Covered outdoor barbecuing or
smoking outdoors is permissible using caution and vigilance.
The Baca subdivision requests obtaining a burn permit to ensure
fire fighters are in the area. Our “fuel moisture is
extremely low,” says Kimberly Bryant of the Baca Grande
Volunteer Fire Dept. Rain late in June has helped, but just
a few days of sunshine could dry us out again.
Effective as of June 21, 2004 until rescinded the public
lands of the Bureau of Land Management and the Rio Grande
National Forest have the following prohibitions: no open fire
(camp fire, coal, charcoal or wood stove). The only exception
to the preceeding is fire in a developed camp ground such
as North Crestone, recreation site or picnic area with established
grates or grills. No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle
or building or developed recreation site. No use of explosive
materials including fireworks or any ignition of flammable
material. No use of internal or external combustion engines
without a spark arrestor. Violations are a Class B misdemeanor
with a $5000 fine, imprisonment or both. Parties responsible
for starting fires are liable for the cost of the fire.
Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris says that the county
has not declared a fire ban as of July 1, but may declare
one later in the month if conditions do not imporve. Fireworks,
other than sparklers, are prohibited. Everyone is urged to
please be very careful with fire. Avoid driving on dry grass
and be extra vigilant.
If you see smoke or suspect a fire call 911 or the Saguache
County Sheriff’s office at 719-655-2525.
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