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County enacts fire restrictions

Posted: Thursday, Jun 27th, 2013

ALAMOSA — One look to the smoke-filled west will tell you that the potential for extreme fire conditions remains strong.

To reduce the likelihood of man-made blazes on this side of the Valley, Alamosa County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to enact fire restrictions throughout the county’s unincorporated areas.

Under the restrictions, members of the general public cannot start, maintain or use fires, campfires or stove fires on unincorporated lands in the county. (Devices that meet fire underwriters’ safety specifications are exempt, but you should check with county officials to ensure that your device is compliant before you use it.)

In addition, the county’s ordinance bans smoking beyond enclosed vehicles, buildings, developed recreation sites or wide areas that have been cleared of any flammable materials.

The ban also applies to welding and the operation of acetylene torches and other torches with open flames, as well as vehicles that lack properly installed and maintained spark arresters.

Last but not least, it outlaws the use or display of any and all fireworks.

Violations are punishable as Class II petty offenses, which carry fines of up to $1,000 per offense.

The restrictions will remain in effect until the county rescinds them.

For more information: call 589-6608, or go to: www.alamosacounty.org.

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