Friday, September 2, 2016

Stage I fire restrictions lifted effective September 3, 2016

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff, and the Bureau of Land Management release county-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. September 3rd.

“It has been a hot, dry summer in Mesa County,” said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis. “We genuinely appreciate citizen cooperation to help reduce the risk of human caused wildfire.”

Fire officials encourage the public to remain cautious with activities that could ignite wildfire even as dry conditions improve. They warn that some areas may remain dry with heavy vegetation ready to burn.

“We would like to remind everyone that while the fall burn season runs from September 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016,” said Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins. “Please refrain from permitted open burning until stage I fire restrictions are lifted on September 3, 2016. Burn permits may be obtained from the Mesa County Health Department, or your local fire district.”

"People in our area have a good understanding of wildfire and responded responsibly to the fire restrictions," said Jeremy Spetter UCR West Zone, fire management officer. "We understood this would impact how people enjoyed their public lands and are happy we received some moisture but we do live in an arid climate that is vulnerable to wildfire. While it is not required, we do encourage the public to use a fire ring whenever possible. Also remember to always ensure your campfire is out prior to leaving your campsite.”