Stage 2 fire restrictions lifted

Special to the Herald Times

RBC | Rio Blanco County dropped from Stage 2 fire restrictions to Stage 1 restrictions Sept. 30, 2020, consistent with local Forest Service and BLM lands.


1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites. Devices using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted.

2. Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrestor properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.

4. Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity.

5. Using exploding targets.


A. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

B. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

C. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

This order will remain in force until rescinded. All other Fire Restriction orders prior to this are considered rescinded.