Effective Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.,
The Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with its federal partners and local fire districts, consistently monitors 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.
What are Fire Restrictions?
Fire restrictions can originate from many places. Federal agencies such as the US Forest Service, the 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.