On Friday, August 23, 2019, the Town of Frisco enacted stage 1 fire restrictions in coordination with Summit County and the United States Forest Service, as recent warm, dry weather has elevated fire danger to “High” in Summit County. Due to an intergovernmental agreement approved in June 2019 by the Frisco Town Council, the Town of Frisco utilizes the same measure of conditions to determine the need for a fire ban and the same restrictions as Summit County in order to provide a consistent message and requirements across the community.
Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire. An open fire is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires or prescribed burns of any material.
The following activities are also prohibited under Stage 1 fire restrictions:
• Use and/or sale of fireworks
• Use of tracer ammunition
• Use of any projectile containing explosive material, incendiary material or other flammable chemical substance
• Use of recreational explosives, including explosive targets
• Disposal of any burning object outdoors, including any cigarette, cigar or match.
Permitted Uses & Guidelines
Fires are allowed in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and picnic areas. Fires are allowed on private property if contained within a commercially designed and manufactured outdoor fireplace or portable outdoor fireplace (including chimeneas), which are assembled, located and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Any such device must also meet the following criteria:
• The device must be equipped with a protective screen that reduces the spread of embers.
• The area directly underneath the fire is barren.
• The fire is at least 15 feet from any flammable material or structure.
• The size of the fire is no larger than 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall.
Use of gas, charcoal or wood pellet grills are also allowed under Stage 1 restrictions. Wood pile burns are allowed only with all required permits from the local fire protection district and Summit County Environmental Health.
Any of the permitted fire uses and activities must be conducted with the following safety measures in place:
• The fire must be constantly attended by a responsible adult.
• The fire must be extinguished and cool to the touch prior to it being left unattended.
• The supervising adult must have available for immediate use a portable fire extinguisher, 5 gallons of water or a charged garden hose.
Smoking outdoors is allowed under Stage 1 fire restrictions as long as the individual is at least 3 feet away from any natural vegetation or flammable materials. On U.S. Forest Service lands, smoking is only permitted within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation.
Operation of a chainsaw is permitted as long as the operator is equipped with a fire extinguisher available for immediate use. Welding is permitted when the device is at least 15 feet away from any natural vegetation or flammable materials and a fire extinguisher is available for immediate use.