Stage 2 Brings Elevated Fire Restrictions
● By Alesha Damerville
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- The City of Steamboat Springs implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on Thursday, September 27, which will remain in effect until rescinded. The city’s restrictions match Routt County, which moved to the new level yesterday.
“While fall typically brings cooler temperatures and more opportunities for moisture, we’re just not seeing that at this time or in future forecasts,” said Mel Stewart, Fire Chief for Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. “Until conditions improve, we’re asking for resident’s continued diligence and assistance because as we’ve seen, one spark can grow significantly quickly.”
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibits all open fires and campfires, explosive use, as well as welding and cutting torch devices. Smoking is allowed in a vehicle or indoors. In addition, all chainsaws and other internal combustion engines, including motorcycles and ATVs, must have spark arresting devices that are property installed and in working order.
Unlike earlier limits, individuals with recreational burn permits from Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue for fire pits at private residences are also prohibited from burning under Stage 2.
Dry conditions, warmer than normal temperatures and reduced precipitation have been predominant across the city for much of the summer and forecasts continue to call for dry weather as the region heads into October. The area has experienced several small wildfires and two larger wildfires burning in the region, the Silver Creek Fire and Ryan Fire, act as reminders to residents of the tinder environment.
Agricultural, businesses and other entities within city limits and in the Steamboat Springs Area Fire District that require work which involves prohibited activities under Stage 2, must obtain an exemption from Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, 970.879.7170. Within Routt County and outside of the fire district, individuals must contact the Emergency Management Office.
While the city and county will move to Stage 2, the U.S. Forest Service will remain at Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the Routt National Forest. For more information related to restrictions within the National Forest, contact the following USFS offices listed below:
Please review the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for permitted and prohibited activities and contact Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue with questions, 970.879.7170.
Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Dr., Steamboat Springs, CO, 970.870.2299
Parks Ranger District, 100 Main St., Walden, CO, 970.723.2701
Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave, Yampa, CO, 970.638.4516
Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2468 Jackson Street, Laramie, WY, 307.745.2300