A combination of high winds and low humidity has led officials to issue a red flag warning for the Roaring Fork Valley through Saturday evening. A red flag warning indicates conditions that are conducive to wildfire.
The area is under a fire weather warning until 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, according to a Pitkin Alert. Red flag warnings are issued when wind and humidity conditions are conducive to wildfires and are issued by the national weather service.
Under the warning, which came from the national weather service station in Grand Junction, agricultural burning is strongly discouraged. Because of the warning, Eagle County has raised fire restrictions to stage one.
Under stage one restrictions, several activities are banned, including:
All personal uses of Fireworks.
Any fire not within a permanently constructed fire pit, ring, or grate on public or private land.
Fires contained within portable devices (chimineas, grills and tiki torches with no shut-off valve) on undeveloped lands.
Smoking outdoors in an area that is not cleared of all combustible materials.
Explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on federal lands.
Using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark-arresting device.
Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame in an area that is not cleared of at least 10 feet in diameter and not in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
This list comes from the Eagle County public safety information website. For more information, visit the site: ecemergency.org/p/eagle-county-fire-restrictions-info.html.