In the interest of public health, safety and welfare, Cordillera General Manager Rachel Oys enacted fire restrictions for Cordillera effective June 13. Eagle County, White River National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management will implement "Stage 2" fire restrictions effective Saturday, June 30 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions mirror Cordillera's restrictions. In addition, professional firework displays planned for July 3 in Avon and July 4 in Gypsum, Beaver Creek and Vail have been canceled due to extreme fire conditions. However, minus the fireworks, the holiday celebrations will continue as planned. Due to the combination of unusually high temperatures and dry windy conditions there is an increased risk of wildfires throughout the area. The restrictions reduce fire risk during periods of high to extreme fire danger. They will be in place throughout the summer or until conditions warrant revision; property owners will be notified when restrictions are changed or lifted. Cordillera's 2014 Amended and Restated Wildfire Mitigation Resolution grants the general manager the authority to issue restrictions that are not dependent on the presence of other fire bans. Eagle County Sheriff's Office and Department of Emergency Management and Eagle River Fire Protection District support Cordillera issuing expanded fire restrictions given the upcoming events, seasonal nature of our property owners and guests and topography. Cordillera's restrictions include all of Stage 1 restrictions and the following additional closures/restrictions/prohibitions:- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire with solid fuels. This includes charcoal or wood burning grills, barbeques, stoves, pizza ovens, chimineas, sheepherder's stoves, fire pits, fire rings and fire places. EXCEPTIONS: Gas-fueled fire pits, grills, stoves or lanterns that have shut off valves are permitted only in areas free of flammable vegetation and other flammable materials and must be used in a manner which present no fire danger to the surrounding area. No fire or grill shall be left unattended and shall have an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher on site.*- Smoking outdoors including discarding cigarette butts at any location or from any vehicle is expressly prohibited. EXCEPTIONS: Smoking within an enclosed vehicle, building or trailer.- Operating or using any internal combustion engine (e.g., generator, ATV) without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order. The off-road use of a motorized vehicle in an area which presents the possibility of sparks or exhaust heat igniting surrounding flammable vegetation.**- Using floating sky lanterns, fire balloons, acetylene balloons or tiki torches.- Using explosives including, but not limited to, fireworks, sparklers, fuses or blasting caps, rockets, exploding targets, tracers or other incendiaries.- Operating a chain saw without an approved spark arresting device with a fire extinguisher and shovel available for use.- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.- Blasting in development areas or construction areas.
* Per the 2016 Amended Design Review Guidelines, fire pits using solid fuels, including wood or pellets, are not permitted.
** Per the 2005 ATV Resolution, ATV's on all District roads are not prohibited except for CPOA and CMD personnel when conducting maintenance operations.