For Immediate Release | October 30, 2020
Fire Restrictions Lifted in Avon, Eagle County
Avon, CO - Fire managers, officials, and partners from local, state, and federal agencies have all agreed to officially lift all fire restrictions in Eagle County beginning Friday, October 30, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.
Recent fire restrictions prohibited dispersed campfires, smoking in certain areas, cutting, welding, and/or grinding near dry vegetation, operating certain types of vehicles without spark arrestors, and the use of steel core or jacketed ammunition. Please keep in mind that the use of exploding targets, tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition, or fireworks remains prohibited on all public lands at all times.
Eagle County remains in extreme drought; yet fire officials all agree that the increased humidity, recent snowfall, and cooler overnight temperatures have helped to reduce the current fire danger. Officials still strongly encourage using precautions as conditions remain dry and diligence is always necessary to ensure campfires are completely out, cold to the touch, and watched closely when in use.
Fire managers urge continued public cooperation and diligence while recreating in the backcountry. Sheriff Van Beek asks that everyone remember that “we are still in fire season and vegetation may once again dry out as the snow melts. It is extremely important to take precautions and practice fire safety.”
We ask that folks remain alert and use the following fire prevention tips when recreating in the outdoors:
- Please carry a shovel, water, a bucket, and/or a fire extinguisher when working or camping on public lands.
- Always watch carefully and drown and stir fires to ensure they are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving camp.
- Keep vehicles in good working order, and stay on designated roads and trails to avoid igniting dry vegetation with hot exhaust.
- Keep all chains and straps secured so they don’t drag on the ground and cause sparks that can ignite roadside grasses.
Expect updates on fire restrictions from surrounding counties, BLM, and USFS White River National Forest agencies. Keep up to date with local fire restriction information in Eagle County at www.ecemergency.org.
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