BLM, national forest rescind last of fire restrictions
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt National Forest and Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday, Oct. 9, lifted the last of the fire restrictions in Northwest Colorado. The city of Steamboat Springs and unincorporated Routt County lifted fire restrictions Friday, Oct. 5.
The recent precipitation has allowed the Ryan and Silver Creek wildfires to transition back to local U.S. Forest Service control. The closure areas at both fires remain in place, according to a news release.
Continued wet weather is in the forecast through the night of Thursday, Oct. 11. A winter weather advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at elevations above 8,000 feet, where as much as 8 inches of snow could accumulate, according to the National Weather Service.
Despite the fire restrictions being removed, officials encourage people to take the following precautions:
- Ensure campfires are out before leaving camp.
- Avoid parking in tall, dry grass or driving in areas where dry grass can be ignited by hot exhaust.
- Ensure equipment has a working spark arrester.
- Inspect trailers to make sure chains are not dragging.
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