City of Steamboat joins Routt County at Stage 2 fire restrictions
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs will implement Stage 2 fire restrictions at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. The city’s restrictions match Routt County, which moved to the new level Tuesday.
“While fall typically brings cooler temperatures and more opportunities for moisture, we’re just not seeing that at this time or in future forecasts,” Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart said. “Until conditions improve, we’re asking for residents’ continued diligence and assistance because as we’ve seen, one spark can grow significantly quickly.”
Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit all open fires and campfires, explosive use, as well as welding and cutting torch devices. Smoking is only allowed in a vehicle or indoors. In addition, all chain saws 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 Fire Rescue for fire pits at private residences are also prohibited from burning under Stage 2.
Agricultural, businesses and other entities within city limits and in the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District that require work that involves prohibited activities under Stage 2 must obtain an exemption from Steamboat Fire Rescue at 970-879-7170.
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