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Grand County Emergency Management

81 West Agate Ave
PO Box 1457
Granby, CO 80446
Office: 970.887.2732
Fax: 970.887.1698

Ray Jennings
Director
Grand County OEM
rjennings@co.grand.co.us

Christian Hornbaker
Emergency Manager
Grand County OEM
chornbaker@co.grand.co.us

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Grand County Fire Restrictions 7/2/18

Official Press Release

Grand County Office of Emergency Management July 2, 2018
PO BOX 1457 Granby, CO 80446
Contact Person: Christian Hornbaker 970-509-9367

Grand County Fire Restrictions

Grand County Board of County Commissioners have unanimously voted to enact fire restrictions effective at 4:00 pm on Monday the 2nd of July. Sheriff Brett Schroetlin provided updated information to the Board on Monday at a special meeting to discuss the current indicators in the region and county that are used to determine the need of fire restrictions. There are currently four out of seven criteria which have been met to support these fire restrictions. County Commissioners took input from law enforcement officials, fire district chiefs, representatives from the Forest Service, Office of Emergency Management, and concerned citizens before making the decision. These fire restrictions are in effect for 30 days and will be reviewed periodically.

Now therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Grand County, Colorado, that a declaration of fire restrictions be and is hereby instated.

This fire restriction is designed to reduce fire risk and prevent wild fires during periods of high fire danger and includes prohibitions of the following:
1. “Burning,” “open burning” and/or “open fires”. [This includes all outdoor campfires, fire pits, chimineas, BBQ pits, charcoal BBQ grills, wood pellet grills and stoves.]
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building
3. Operating an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device, properly installed, maintained and in effective working order
4. The use of welding equipment, acetylene torches, or other torch with an open flame
5. The use of incendiary devices as defined by Grand County Ordinance 20
6. The possession, use and sale of permissible fireworks and fireworks as defined by Grand County Ordinance 20 within unincorporated Grand County

Be it further resolved, excluded from this Resolution are the following fire and burning activities:
1. Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances
2. Permitted fires by persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act, such as professional firework displays
3. Fire department / district training fires
4. Burning of explosive wastes by manufacturer or explosives in areas zoned for industrial use, when supervised by a fire district
5. Open fires or open burning by any federal, state or local fire official in the performance of fire suppression functions
6. Fires used to inflate commercial hot air balloons.

The official resolution can be found at https://co.grand.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/11045/July-2-2018-Stage-2-Res...