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Countywide Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

White River National Forest District, Summit County and the Towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne have enacted Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, effective Friday, August 14, 2020. The fire restrictions were enacted in recognition of higher fire danger resulting from decreased precipitation and higher temperatures in recent weeks, as well as severe wildfire activity across the Western Slope.

What is Prohibited Under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions?

Under Stage 2 Restrictions, fires are prohibited in picnic areas, campgrounds, private property and forested areas. The following activities and uses are also prohibited under Stage 2 Restrictions:

  • Use of charcoal grills
  • Fires in chimeneas or any other outdoor fireplace or manufactured recreational fire device, regardless of any permit previously issued by the local fire district
  • Use of explosives, tracer ammunition or explosive targets (full closure of the Summit County Shooting Range until further notice)
  • Use or sale of fireworks
  • Pile burns, regardless of previously issued permits
  • Inflation or propulsion of a hot air balloon
  • Use of any engine without a properly functioning spark arresting device.

What Activities & Uses are Allowed Under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions?

  • Use of gas grills and wood pellet grills
  • Any fire contained within a fireplace, stove, wood burning stove or pellet stove designed for and located within a fully enclosed permanent structure
  • Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs); OHVs must remain on designated routes; if parked, OHVs must be in a barren area free of flammable vegetation, within 10 feet of the route or in a designated parking area.
  • Smoking; smoking must take place a minimum of 3 feet from natural vegetation or other flammable material; all smoking materials, including cigarettes and matches, must be fully extinguished, cooled and disposed of in a designated receptacle.
  • Use of an open-flame torch device; the operator must have immediate access to a fire extinguisher and be at least 15 feet from natural vegetation or other flammable material.
  • Use of a chainsaw; the operator must have immediate access to a minimum 2A:10B:C dry chemical fire extinguisher.

Weather/Drought Conditions & Enforcement

According to the National Weather Service, Summit County is projected to have below-normal precipitation and higher-than-normal temperatures over the next several weeks. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that southern Summit County is “abnormally dry” and central and northern Summit County are experiencing “moderate drought” conditions.
Summit County’s towns, law-enforcement agencies and fire departments are united in reminding residents and visitors that campfires, backyard fires and fireworks are strictly prohibited throughout the county. Through an intergovernmental agreement, the towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne are entering Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in concert with the County.

All of Summit County’s law enforcement agencies will be enforcing the longstanding prohibition on fireworks and the temporary Stage 2 restrictions on open fires prompted by the extreme wildfire danger in the high country.
For more information about current fire restrictions and wildfire prevention, visit Register for emergency notifications at