Pitkin County, Colorado - August 11, 2020 - Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, with the support of all Pitkin County Fire Chiefs, is placing Pitkin County under Stage II fire restrictions effective 12:01 AM Friday, August 14, 2020. The new fire restrictions are in effect until further notice and cover all State, public, private, incorporated and unincorporated lands within Pitkin County. Land management officials from the US Forest Service - White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management are implementing their own Stage II fire restrictions along with Pitkin County and surrounding counties. These new Stage II fire restrictions supersede the existing Stage I fire restrictions that have been in place since July 2, 2020.
"A Stage two fire restriction essentially prohibits all fires, whether you’re in an established campsite or on the back deck at your house," said Sheriff DiSalvo Monday evening. "My deputies will enforce this fire restriction and will issue citations to those who violate it. We are in an extreme fire season, and having seen the other large fires in our region recently, we know we must do everything we can to deter and prevent fires in our community."
"Especially during the pandemic, it’s important for all citizens to have an emergency evacuation and sheltering plan so they can act quickly during a fast-moving wildfire," said Valerie MacDonald, Pitkin County Emergency Manager. For those looking for more information, please visit ready,gov/plan to create your emergency plan. Make sure you have signed up for emergency alert notifications, know your evacuation routes, have a 72-hour go-bag ready, and, most importantly, leave early.
All residents and visitors who violate these fire restrictions will face criminal penalties, which include fines of $500 (first offense), $750 (second offense), and $1000 (third offense) and possible jail time.
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