Effective Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with its federal partners and local fire districts consistently monitor fire conditions and the necessity of fire restrictions. The decisions surrounding fire restrictions are based on a scientific fire restriction matrix that is used across northwest Colorado. The Sheriff’s recommendation was made after these cooperating agencies jointly reviewed the latest scientific data showing a reduced fire risk in the county.
Sheriff Brett Schroetlin stated, “We followed the fire science into restrictions and our matrix works the same way for assessing this science when we reduce restrictions as well. We are reminding the public who will use fire for recreation or other reasons to exercise safe practices for making an area safe to have a fire, fully extinguish it, and report any unattended fires.”
Fire restrictions can originate from many places. Federal agencies such as the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service can impose restrictions on the public land they manage. Individual states can impose restrictions on state-managed land. Counties may impose bans on private lands within county borders. Confusion can result from the multiple agency jurisdictions, especially when adjacent lands have different restrictions depending on the administering agency.