Due to lower temperatures and recent rains, Cordillera General Manager Rachel Oys, in consultation with local fire officials, will ease fire restrictions starting Friday, August 31, 2018. Eagle County, White River National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management will also ease restrictions to Stage 1. The fire restrictions through Cordillera and Eagle County will be in place until further notice.
Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and the amount of current fire activity.
The easing of fire restrictions keeps some prohibitions in place while allowing some burning of solid fuels. Specifically, solid fuel fires are allowed within designated charcoal and wood burning grills, barbeques, stoves, pizza ovens, chimineas, sheepherder’s stoves or fire rings. The use of these approved portable outdoor fireplaces is allowable under the following conditions:
• A spark arresting screen is used
• Not within 15’ of a structure or combustible material
• The portable outdoor fireplace is attended by an adult
• There is a means of extinguishment present (i.e. shovel, water, extinguisher, etc.)
• The smoke is not creating a nuisance
• The unit is not being used as a short-term rental
• No Red Flag Warnings have been posted through the National Weather Service
When using a charcoal or similar grill, hot coals are not to be left unattended and shall be disposed of properly in a non-combustible metal trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
A gas-fired appliance must be equipped with a valve to shut-off for use if needed. Portable units must be used in an area at least 3 feet from flammable vegetation.
Cordillera property owners and guests are reminded to use common sense when using open flame as the fire danger still remain high.
Still prohibited are the following:
For information about fire restrictions in other parts of the region, visit https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/fireinfo_restrictions/index.html. You can also visit http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html for fire information across the state.
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.
Ready, Set, Go!
Cordillera is classified as a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area, and the homes in the community are at risk in any wildfire event. Property owners are encouraged to take personal responsibility and prepare before a wildland fire occurs.
Property owners can contact Bill Wentworth, healthy forest coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about wildfire mitigation on their property and ideas for creating a “defensible space” around the home that can increase the chances surviving a wildfire.
Create defensible space of at least 30 feet by doing the following:
Emergency Information: ECAlert
Property owners and guests are encouraged to stay aware of the latest emergency notifications, by signing up for EC Alert at www.ecalert.org. EC Alert is the primary means of communications by local emergency agencies.
Contact the Cordillera Administration Office at 970-926-1923 with questions.