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Notice: BLM Tres Rios Field Office lift Stage I Fire Restrictions

News ReleaseSouthwest District Office, Colorado FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2023Contact: Deana Harms, 970-240-5335 BLM Tres Rios Field Office lift Stage I Fire Restrictions Dolores, Colo. – Current Stage I Fire Restrictions Order COS01-23-02 will be rescinded on public landsmanaged by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Tres Rios Field Office and Canyons of the AncientsNational Monument effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2023. “Recent rains over much of theregion have lessened, but not eliminated, the danger from fire, allowing restrictions to be lifted. The public isadvised to be cautious with activities that could potentially ignite

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Notice: Fire Restrictions to be lifted on San Juan National Forest effective August 31st

Forest Service News Release Media Contacts: Sabrina Kohrt 720-601-0756 Fire Restrictions to be lifted on San Juan National Forest effective August 31st Fire Officials ask public to continue to practice fire safety and awareness DURANGO, Colo., August 29th, 2023 – Fire restrictions on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including wilderness, will be rescinded – effective 12:01am Thursday, August 31st. Recent rains over the Forest have lessened the risk of wildland fire, allowing restrictions to be lifted. This means campfires are now allowed outside of established Forest Service campgrounds and recreation sites on the

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Resolution RESOLUTION NO. 18-2023 SUSPENSION OF BAN ON OPEN FIRES AND USE OF FIREWORKS WHEREAS, Montezuma County Ordinance No. 2-2015 prohibits open fires and the useof fireworks in unincorporated areas of Montezuma County, except the Montezuma County Boardof County Commissioners, based upon competent evidence may by resolution suspend said banfrom time to time to the degree and manner consistent with existing wildfire dangers; and WHEREAS, competent evidence has been presented of sufficient moisture throughoutMontezuma County temporarily reducing existing wildfire dangers to more normal conditions; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Montezuma County Board of CountyCommissioners that the ban on

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Notice: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation

Notice: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation Effective: July 5, 2023 (Until rescinded or superseded) Stage 1- FIRE RESTRICTIONS: The following are prohibited until further notice. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal, or wood-burning stove, any type of charcoal-fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable vegetations. Using explosive material: (i.e., fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device

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2023 Water Run Off – Sign Up for Evacuation Assistance

If there were an emergency in your neighborhood that required you to evacuate, would you need help? Do you know someone such as a neighbor, parent, or friend who would need some assistance? The Montezuma County Office of Emergency Management is putting together a list of those in our county who might need some assistance in the event of an emergency that requires them to evacuate their home. Inclusion on this list is voluntary, and information will only be shared with representatives of dispatch, local fire departments, emergency medical responders and the department of social services. If you anticipate needing

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Mesa Verde National Park Fire Restriction Order

Mesa Verde National Park News Release PR 22-04   Release Date: June 15, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.  Contact: Keith Krause,, 970-529-5049   Mesa Verde National Park Fire Restriction Order    Pursuant to regulations of the Department of Interior, Title 54 USC section 100101 (a) and 36 Code of Federal Regulations, subsections 1.5 Closure and public use limits (a) (1), 2.13 Fires (a) (5) (c), 2.21 Smoking (a), and 2.38 Explosives (b) (c), the following acts are prohibited on the area, roads, and trails described below until rescinded by the Superintendent of Mesa Verde National Park.   Setting, building, maintaining,

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Montezuma County Penalties for Fire Violations

Public Information on possible Penalties for Fire Violations Montezuma County Burn Ban Ordinance 2-2015 Resolution 7-2020 Class 2 Petty Offense, up to $1,000.00 plus $10.00 surcharge C.R.S. 42-4-1406 Expel Lighted Cigarette or Burning Material from a Vehicle Class 2 Misdemeanor, 3 months jail/$250 fine to 12 months jail/$1,000.00 fine C.R.S. 18-13-109 Setting Fire to Woods or Prairie Class 2 Misdemeanor, 3 months jail/$250 fine to 12 months jail/$1,000.00 fine Violation of this Statue if Fire Ban is in Effect Class 6 Felony, 1 year to 18 months imprisonment C.R.S. 18-13-109.5 Intentionally Setting Wildfire Class 3 Felony, 4 years to 12

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Emergencies such as Wildfires, Flooding and other natural disasters can occur at any time, day or night. The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is in need of your assistance to better protect lives, and ask that you take time to plan and prepare for an event that would require evacuation from your home safely if theneed would ever arise. Everyone can help by pre-planning and being prepared by considering the following proven steps: Watch the weather reports and be prepared during daily activities in all seasons of the year. Prepare a Plan now on where you could move and store your

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