The Pitkin County Sheriff is imposing stage one fire restrictions starting today.
With the support of fire chiefs from Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and Carbondale, all of Pitkin County is under stage one restrictions due to warm weather and a lack of moisture, according to a press release. These restrictions are in effect until further notice.
According to a press release, the following activities are restricted under stage one: Building a campfire outside of a developed site, smoking in any area that is not cleared of flammable material, operating a combustion engine without a proper spark-arresting device and the use of any fireworks or explosives requiring fuses or blasting caps.
Fires built by persons with a permit, contained within a stove or indoor fireplace, necessary for crop survival or built for a religious ceremony with a permit are excluded from the restriction. According to the press release, knowingly or recklessly burning during the restriction period is illegal and legal actions may be taken against individuals in violation.
For more information, contact any local fire district, District Ranger or the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office at 970-920-5300