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Resolution No. 8-2022 Montezuma County Fire Ban Suspension

RESOLUTION NO. 8SUSPENSION OF BAN ON OPEN FIRES AND USE OF FIREWORKSWHEREAS, Montezuma County Ordinance No. 2-2015 prohibits open fires and the useof fireworks in unincorporated areas of MontentmaCounty, 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; andWHEREAS, 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 open fires and the use of

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News Release: San Juan National Forest

Fire Restrictions to be Rescinded on San Juan National Forest Effective July 1San Juan National Forest reminds the public to be safe with fire   Durango, Colo., June 30, 2022 – Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including wilderness, will be rescinded effective July 1st. Recent rains over much of the forest have lessened, but not eliminated, the danger from fire, allowing restrictions to be lifted. This means campfires are now allowed outside of established campgrounds and recreation sites. The public is asked to continue to be careful with fire

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News Release: Bureau of Land Management- Tres Rios Field Office

News Release Southwest District, Colorado FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2022 Contact: Deana Harms, Fire Mitigation, Education, Prevention Specialist, 970-403-5576 BLM Rescinds Fire Restrictions in Gunnison, Tres Rios, and Uncompahgre Field Offices MONTROSE, Colo. – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands administered by the Gunnison, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre Field Offices rescind fire restrictions on July 1, 2022, except for the annual restriction for Durango Special Recreation Management Area within Durango city limits and La Plata County to include the BLM lands of Grandview, Animas City Mountain, and Skyline areas. The rescinded orders apply to the public land managed

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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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Dolores Fire Ban: Resolution No. R483 Series 2022

TOWN OF DOLORESRESOLUTION NO. R483 SERIES 2022A RESOLUTION IMPOSING AN OPEN FLAME FIRE BAN WHEREAS, the Town of Dolores, Colorado is a statutory town incorporated under the laws of the state of Colorado. WHEREAS the Town of Dolores enacted Ordinance No. 536 Series 2018 granting the Board of Trustees the authority to enact a resolution imposing an open flame fire ban as conditions require. WHEREAS Southwest Colorado and the Town of Dolores are under historic drought and extraordinary fire danger. WHEREAS the Montezuma County Sheriff recommends that the Town of Dolores impose a fire ban for the health, safety, and

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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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Resolution No. 6-2022 Montezuma County Fire Ban

RESOLUTION NO. 6-2022 WHEREAS, the Montezuma County, Colorado, Board of County Commissioners.Based upon the competent evidence, finds that the danger of forest and grass fires is high throughout the unincorporated areas of Montezuma County and that to protect the public health, safety and welfare it is necessary to reduce the danger of wildfires within those areas; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners as follows: That Resolution No. 10-2021, suspending the ban on open fires and the use offireworks, is canceled pursuant to Montezuma County ordinance No. 2-2015. That a ban on open fires

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