Montrose, COLO.—The unincorporated area of Montrose County will be in stage 1 fire restrictions beginning Wednesday, June 15 at 12:01am. High temperatures, worsening dry conditions, and high winds were the deciding factors to take this precautionary measure.
“Fire restrictions have become increasingly common for those of us in the western United States; however, they are important and necessary measures to help keep our public lands and community safe," said Sheriff Lillard. "As always, the sheriff's office works closely with federal land management partners and adjoining counties to monitor conditions. In addition to unprecedented winds, hotter than normal temperatures have resulted in worsening dry conditions. As a community, we must all do our part to prevent wildfires including creating defensible space around your residence, following restrictions when camping, and always making sure to drown out campfires (in an approved fire pit). I appreciate the public's help in taking measures to prevent wildfires in our area."
In early June, the Montrose Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 43-2022 authorizing the sheriff to implement fire restrictions in order to limit wildfire danger in Montrose County.
The restrictions apply to the unincorporated county area and do not include the City of Montrose, Town of Olathe, Town of Naturita, and Town of Nucla. The stage 1 fire restrictions do not allow open burning of any kind to include agricultural burning, open campfires, and fireworks. Smoking cigarettes outdoors is not allowed, unless in an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation site. Campfires in a pre-approved campground, State Park/KOA, or enclosed fire pits are permitted. As a reminder, fireworks on publicly managed lands are prohibited.
Please be advised that penalties for violating the fire ban include: Class-2 petty offense with fines ranging from $100 to $500 depending on the number of offenses. If a fire causes damage to another individual’s property, additional criminal charges may apply. These fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
For more information on fire restrictions, please visit westslopefireinfo.com.