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Fire restriction in effect for Jamestown area

From the United States Forest Service

Portions of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests join counties in fire restrictions

BOULDER, Colo. (March 17, 2017) – Due to a forecast of continuing dry and warm conditions, and in support of fire restrictions currently enacted in Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Boulder counties, the Boulder and Clear Creek ranger districts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are enacting Stage 1 fire restrictions effective today. The Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and are in place until rescinded.

Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:

  • Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).
  • Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operate a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.
  • Weld or operate acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
  • Use explosives, including fireworks.
  • Discharge a firearm EXCEPT a person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game.

Violation of Stage 1 fire restrictions could result in a maximum fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire.

To view the fire restriction orders and maps, go to www.fs.usda.gov/arp. They will be listed in the “Alerts and Notices” box on the right.

Fire Managers will continue to monitor conditions on the Forests and Grassland and the need for further fire restrictions.

Please note that many counties are also under fire restrictions; information is available atwww.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist/Community Liaison

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland

Caring for the land and serving people

Jamestown Area Pile Burning Update

BOULDER, Colo – (Feb. 23, 2017) With fresh snow arriving, U.S. Forest Service firefighters will resume slash pile burning near Jamestown, Gold Lake, and Ward, including the following areas:

  • Southeast of Ward: near Gold Hill Road (County Road 52) and Sawmill Road;
  • East of Gold Lake: 1 mile east of Gold Lake off County Road 509;
  • Southwest of Jamestown: Ridge Fuel Break off county Rd 509, 2 miles east of Gold Lake;
  • Jamestown: Piles are located one-tenth of a mile south of Jamestown.

The burning piles along County Road 52 may produce some smoke and traffic delays. Smoke may be visible from the communities of Ward, Jamestown, Gold Hill and Bar K.

Continue reading Jamestown Area Pile Burning Update

Pile burning expected along Ridge Road near Ned this week

NEDERLAND, Colo. (Dec. 7) – Firefighters will take advantage of winter conditions this week to burn slash piles along Ridge Road, approximately 2 miles northeast of Nederland.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke may be visible. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

If you know anyone else who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area, have them email brdvis@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to our email updates. To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Boulder Ranger District this season is located at:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist/Community Liaison

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland

Caring for the land and serving people

Boulder County Fire Ban

Boulder County, Colo. – A fire ban will go into effect on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Sheriff Joe Pelle is enacting a fire ban due to high temperatures and low moisture.

The fire ban will be in effect for the mountain areas of Boulder County. The mountain area includes all unincorporated areas west of Highway 93, Broadway Avenue, and Highway 36 (North and South Foothills Highways and Broadway Avenue in the City of Boulder) including Rabbit Mountain Open Space and west of Rabbit Mountain Open Space to Highway 36.

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