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Town of Frisco Enacts Fire Level 1 Ban

Fire & Fireworks Ban

Due to current fire conditions and forecasted dry weather, the Town of Frisco is enacting a Level 1 open fire and fireworks ban pursuant to section 127-11 of the Town code. This ban restricts open fires and fireworks. Please read the Town Code below. The community’s cooperation is needed and appreciated during this ban.

This ban is effective from 12:00 pm on July 6, 2017 until such a time when fire conditions change and those conditions are confirmed in counsel with the White River National Forest- Dillon Ranger District, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and local fire rescue districts. The Summit County Board of Commissioners and the Towns of Dillon and Silverthorne have also issued Stage 1 fire restrictions banning open fires and fireworks. The Town of Dillon has also cancelled their fireworks show scheduled for Saturday, July 8. Please callthe Frisco Police Department with any questions at (970) 668-3579

§127-11. Open Fires and Fireworks. [Added 06-26-07, Ord. 07-12; Amended 06- 26-12, Ord. 12-05]

A. If the Town Manager finds, based on competent evidence and after consultation with the Sheriff of Summit County, that there exists a significant threat of wildfires due to recent or anticipated weather conditions and/or forest conditions in Summit County, then he shall cause to be posted, at each location designated by resolution of the Town Council in January of each year for the posting of notices of Town Council meetings, a notice that states as follows:

PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF FRISCO STAGE 1 OPEN FIRE AND FIREWORKS BAN IN EFFECT PURSUANT TO SECTION 127-11 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWN OF FRISCO

B. If the Town Manager finds, based on competent evidence and after consultation with the Sheriff of Summit County, that there exists a significant and imminent threat of wildfires due to recent or anticipated weather conditions and/or forest conditions in Summit County, then he shall cause to be posted, at each location designated by resolution of the Town Council in January of each year for the posting of notices of Town Council meetings, a notice that states as follows:

PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF FRISCO STAGE 2 OPEN FIRE AND FIREWORKS BAN IN EFFECT PURSUANT TO SECTION 127-11 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWN OF FRISCO C. At any time during which a Stage 1 notice is posted in accordance with subsection A above, it shall be unlawful to set, maintain, or allow the setting or maintenance of an Open Fire within the Town of Frisco, and, further, it shall be unlawful to sell or use Fireworks within the Town of Frisco. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following types of Open Fire and Fireworks are permitted:

1. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas fueled stoves;

2. Fires in fireplaces or stoves within all buildings;

3. Charcoal fueled fires contained within grills and chimineas;

4. Fires on private property within permanent fire pits, or within self-contained outdoor fire bowls or outdoor chimney units with screened covers placed on a concrete or asphalt surface, if:

a. Such contained fire is under constant supervision;

b. Adequate fires suppression apparatus is available at the location of the contained fire;

5. Pre-approved public fireworks displays;

6. Fires used to inflate and propel hot air balloons; and

7. Fires authorized by the Town, a Fire Protection District, the United States Forest Service, or the Summit County Environmental Health Department pursuant to a properly issued permit.

D. At any time during which a Stage 2 notice is posted in accordance with subsection B above, it shall be unlawful to:

1. Build, maintain, attend or use any outdoor fire, including but not limited to a campfire, or a fire in a charcoal grill, coal or wood burning stove including,without limitation, the use of any such fire, grill or stove within developed camping or picnic grounds;

2. Dispose of any burning object outdoors, including without limitation, any cigarette, marijuana, cigar or match;

3. Use or sell any fireworks, or to use any explosive requiring a fuse or blasting cap, including without limitation any rocket or exploding target;

4. Operate a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor, five (5) gallons of water, a “2A10BC” classified dry chemical fire extinguisher, and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches at hand and ready for use; for purposes of this subsection, “at hand and ready for use” shall mean, with respect to the fire extinguisher, that the fire extinguisher is immediately available to the chainsaw operator at all times and, with respect to the water and shovel, that such items are readily accessible by the operator and may be obtained by the operator and brought to the site of operation within one minute;

5. Weld or operate an acetylene or other torch with an open flame outdoors; or 6. Inflate or propel a hot air balloon.

E. The prohibition on fires that is set forth in subsection “D” above shall not include fires contained within (i) a liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stove, or (ii) a fireplace contained within a fully enclosed building. The prohibition on fireworks that is set forth in subsection “D” above shall not include commercial, professional and municipal fireworks displays that have received specific written approval from the Summit County Sheriff.

F. For purposes of this Section, an “Open Fire” shall be defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires, or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wildlands, trash or debris.

G. For purposes of this Section, “Fireworks” shall mean any article, device or substance prepared for the primary purpose of producing a visual or auditory sensation by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonations, including, without limitation, the following articles and devices commonly known and used as fireworks: toy cannons or toy canes in which explosives are used, blank cartridges, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, rockets, Roman candles, sparklers, fountains, Day-Glo bombs, cigarette loads and torches, or other fireworks of like construction, and any fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound, or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance. “Fireworks” shall not include any toy caps that do not contain more than twenty-five hundredths of a grain of explosive compound per cap; trick matches, trick noisemakers, toy smoke devices and novelty auto alarms; or highway flares, railway fuses, ship distress signals, smoke candles and other emergency signal devices.

Summit County Alerts & the Latest Information on the Peak 2 Fire

The Town of Frisco encourages citizens to sign up for the Summit County Alert System and to follow Facebook Page Peak 2 Fire or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5321/ 

 

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