For Immediate Release | August 31, 2018
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Implemented in Avon
Avon, CO – Due to the more favorable weather conditions and moisture throughout the County, the Town of Avon will follow Eagle County’s lead in implementing “Stage 1” fire restrictions that will take effect immediately.
Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.
The restrictions that will remain in place are:
- No open fires of any type outside of developed areas, including charcoal.
- No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- No use of explosive materials, including private fireworks and explosive targets.
- No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame, or any other spark producing device, except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation.
- No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arrestive device properly installed and in working order.
- Fireworks are always prohibited in the West Avon Preserve, on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.
Fire restrictions will be in place until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.
Due to the increased risk for wildland fires, the Town of Avon would like to encourage residents to take personal responsibility and prepare before a wildland fire occurs. Homes in or near forested areas are classified as Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas and are at risk in any wildfire event. To prevent a tragedy, you should be aware of wildfire hazards and what to do when a wildfire occurs in your area.
Contact the Eagle River Fire Protection District at 970-748-9665 to determine the wildfire hazard in your area, and what can be done to reduce the hazard.