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Fire bans in place

Posted: Thursday, Jun 20th, 2013

ALAMOSA COUNTY Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong initiated a county-wide fire ban on Wednesday.

Going into effect at midnight on June 19, the ban will continue until rescinded.

It covers open fires, fireworks, campfires, outdoor grills and other activities that could cause a fire. Fires in campgrounds would be permitted in metal grills in designated Forest Service campgrounds, picnic grounds and recreation areas.

Smoking is prohibited except indoors, in enclosed vehicles, in developed recreation sites or in areas with at least three feet of diameter cleared of flammable materials.

Welding or otherwise using open flames and torches is also prohibited under the fire ban instituted on Wednesday.

Fireworks are expressly banned including ones that would normally be legal in Colorado.

Fire restrictions were also initiated on Forest Service and BLM lands beginning June 19. The Rio Grande National Forest and Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office initiated Stage 1 fire restrictions, which prohibit open fires, campfires unless in fire grates in developed campgrounds, smoking except inside buildings and vehicles, open flame and torch welding except in areas of at least 10 feet diameter cleared space, and fireworks. Fireworks are always prohibited on all federal lands.

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