Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer announced Wednesday, June 13 at 6:20 p.m. that Stage I fire restrictions will be in effect as of Thursday, June 14. No open fires are allowed, with the following exceptions:
1) Campfires, warming fires and charcoal fires within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed public campground or picnic ground or permanent constructed fire grate or fire ring in a commercial campground or on private property.
2) LP gas or liquid fueled stoves and appliances which allow the operator to turn the flame on and off.
3) Fireplaces within enclosed buildings which are equipped with adequate spark arresting screens on the flue.
4) Charcoal grill fires at private residences.
These restrictions are due to high winds, low relative humidity, and very dry conditions. They will remain in effect until further notice.
San Isabel National Forest is expected to be under federal Stage I restrictions by Friday. In addition, we expect the fire danger rating to be raised to VERY HIGH throughout the county by Friday at the latest.