Estes Valley Burn Ban Lifted
The open fire ban in place since December 3 for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District has been lifted. Fire chief Scott Dorman Lifted the ban on Friday, December 21, just after our area received up to 14 inches of snow.
From Chief Dorman:
In response to the recent snowfall reducing the level of risk of a wildland fire, I hereby lift the open burning ban. The change in open buring restrictions only affects properties within the Estes Valley Fire Protection District and is effective as of 12 noon, Dec. 21, 2012.
The fire, burning since Oct. 9 still smolders and burns but activity has decreased as colder temperatures and snow have fallen in our area.
As a result, the ban on the following open fires is lifted:
Building, maintaining, attending or using fire for slash burning, campfires, recreational fires or educational fires.
Use of all private fireworks including approved fireworks (i.e. sparklers, fountains).
Smoking on public property, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame on outdoor property unless approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
All suspended burn permits.
These restrictions are still dependent on current fire danger and will be evaluated on a daily basis. Should conditions change, burn restriction may be reinstated.