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Cache Creek, Cabin Lake fires grow

The Cache Creek Fire, burning southwest of Rifle, has grown to 2,708 acres, and is 40 percent contained. The Cabin Lake Fire in Rio Blanco County is at 6,072 acres and 53 percent contained.
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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
All lands in Garfield County are still under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Due to the high wildfire danger on the Western Slope and through Colorado, several counties and municipalities have enacted fire restrictions as an effort to prevent wildfires in our area. There has been some rain in Garfield County, however, it has not been enough to impact current fire dangers.

Anywhere and everywhere in Garfield County (incorporated, unincorporated, all towns and cities, and all private property) are still under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions until further notice. Additionally, all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service lands within Garfield County are also under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

Garfield County:
   •  Parachute/Battlement Mesa
   •  Rifle
   •  Silt
   •  New Castle
   •  Glenwood Springs
   •  Carbondale
*see each town or city's website for specific information

The following restrictions shall be enforced throughout the above jurisdictions:
   •  No fires/campfires/stove fires or open flame of any kind.
   •  No charcoal grills and no wood or coal fires for cooking purposes. This applies to personal and designated park charcoal grills. Only natural gas or propane grills with a shut off valve shall be permitted. Allowed outdoor cooking fires shall be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished and cold.
   •  No smoking outside . Smoking tobacco and marijuana must be done in an enclosed vehicle or building. Vehicle windows should be up to prevent cigarettes, ash, or embers from leaving the vehicle.
   •  No use of any explosive . All explosives are prohibited, including: blasting caps, exploding targets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc. Bullets are allowed in unincorporated Garfield County, but are illegal in many towns.
   •  No fireworks. All fireworks are prohibited, including: toy caps, sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs, fountains, etc. 1
   •  No operating of any combustion engine , including chainsaws, without an approved spark arrestor properly installed; a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher and a round-point shovel must be readily available for use.
   •  No welding, spark emitting cutting, or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame except for industrial use with a Fire Department permit only. This must be in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher. Fire restriction violations can be reported to the Garfield County Dispatch non-emergency line at (970) 625-8095.

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Fireworks use ban
Fireworks use ban
Possession and use of fireworks for Garfield County in 2018
On June 11, 2018, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners banned, by Ordinance 1018-1, the ignition of all fireworks in unincorporated Garfield County; including all state and private lands, whether the fireworks are legal or illegal. The ban is in effect until the “end of fire season,” as determined by the Garfield County Sheriff.

Legal fireworks
are fine to purchase or possess, even when Stage I or Stage II fire restrictions have been established. It is the use of those fireworks which is currently illegal in unincorporated Garfield County (i.e. outside of the various municipal city limits; please check with each municipality for any restrictions they may have).

Possible penalties: This ordinance states that anyone violating this ordinance shall be subject to all surcharges set forth in § 30-15-402, C. R. S., as amended, and shall pay a fine of not more than $1,000.00 for each separate violation
Understand - Due to this ordinance, at this time, even the normally legal fireworks are illegal to ignite.

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Burn permits

Burn permit restrictions

No open burning is allowed without a permit, and no burn permits will be issued until conditions permit after Labor Day.
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Give them 3 feet
Give them 3 feet
Garfield County Public Health has launched "Give them 3 Feet," a public awareness sign campaign that encourages all road users to share the road. Public input is sought on where to place additional signs.
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Generation Wild
A new Garfield County initiative provides experiences for youth and their families to play and connect with the outdoors. Generation Wild promotes pathways to outdoor stewardship and leadership roles through community and youth-led, collaborative approaches.
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trash facilities easement approved
Trash facilities easement approved
Garfield County has granted easements to the city of Glenwood Springs for placement of trash facilities on county-owned property in the downtown area. The consolidation helps make the downtown alleys more pedestrian-friendly.
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School Resource Officer locally
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has established a new school resource officer (SRO) at Grand Valley High School in Parachute. The SRO is based out of the high school, but will also work with other schools in the Parachute/Battlement Mesa area.
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