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La Plata County implements fire restrictions

Stage 1 rules take effect Monday morning
(Sipa via Associated Press)

La Plata County has approved Stage 1 fire restrictions based on recommendations from local fire chiefs. Restrictions will go into effect at 6 a.m. Monday.

Stage 1 restrictions mean the following:

No campfires, no coal- or wood-burning stoves

The use of fires, campfires, wood or coal-burning stoves, or any open fire in areas in unincorporated areas of the county are prohibited.

There is one exception: People can use charcoal or gas barbecue grills at private houses or have fires in designated campgrounds or in metal fire rings with a grate cover on private property, as long as the heat source is not left unattended and is fully extinguished after use.

No open burning

No open burning, burn barrels and agricultural burning except by agricultural producers with prior notification to the appropriate fire chief or the Sheriff’s Office.

No sky lanterns

The use of floating sky lanterns, fire balloons or acetylene balloons are always prohibited in La Plata County.

No fireworks

Explosive materials like fireworks are prohibited. Smoking is also prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or building or within a 3-foot area clear of flammable vegetation.

Fire restrictions help agencies and the community reduce fire risk and prevent fires during periods of high or extreme fire danger.

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