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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
What Are Stage 1 Fire Restrictions?
(2007-07-02)
(ksut) - HERE IS WHAT'S COVERED BY STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN LA PLATA COUNTY. THESE RESTRICTIONS ARE BASICALLY THE SAME AS RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE ON SOUTHERN UTE AND FOREST SERVICE LANDS THROUGHOUT SOUTHWEST COLORADO.


1. Immediate fire restrictions are necessary to reduce the danger of wildfires within all private land in the unincorporated areas of La Plata County and within all land owned by La Plata County.

2. Immediate fire restrictions prohibiting open burning, burn barrels and agricultural burning within all private land in the unincorporated areas of La Plata County and within all land owned by La Plata County are hereby enacted.

3. The use of a campfire, coal or wood-burning stove, any type of charcoal grill, or open fire in any undeveloped area is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires in suitable containers or gas grills for barbecues at private residences or fires within designated
campground pits with protective grates; however, such fires should not be left unattended and should be fully extinguished after use.

4. The following requirements apply to all welding and cutting operations except welding and cutting related to oil and gas operations, which are addressed in 5(b) below. Welding and cutting operations must be conducted with a 20-foot radius safe zone free of vegetation. One 2-1/2 gallon pressurized fire extinguisher or one 5lb. ABC extinguisher or pressurized water supply and proper hand tools must be on site, and a fire watch individual must be standing by continuously.

5. (a) Flaring for production wells may be allowed with approval from the designated fire chief (or his designee) for that district, or in the event no fire district exists for the location of the proposed flaring, the La Plata County Director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM Director). Prior to the installation of a drilling rig, operators are required to file a Production Well Emergency Response Information Form (copy attached as Annex A) with the La Plata County Office of Emergency Management informing the OEM Director of the location, duration (state date/end date/work hours) and work information of active work sites (pipelines, workovers, drilling, and completion). Operators are also required to notify the La Plata County Emergency Communications Center at 970-385-2900 and the Ignacio Dispatch at 970-563-4401 or (970) 563-9501 in advance of any flaring.

(b) Oil and gas welding and cutting operations, are required to comply with the requirements of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rules for Fire Prevention and Protection, Rule 606A(o).

6. Use of fireworks material is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include local community fireworks displays that have been, or may be, approved and permitted by the appropriate fire district or the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners.

7. Use of any internal combustion engine is prohibited unless it is equipped with an approved and functioning spark-arresting device (as described in the Annual Fire Operations Plan for La Plata County).

8. Smoking is limited to vehicles, buildings, developed recreational areas, and 3-foot wide-areas cleared of vegetation.

9. The fire restrictions hereby proclaimed are effective immediately.

10. The fire restrictions shall be in effect until one of the following shall occur:

(a) The Sheriff, acting as Fire Marshal, or the Fire Chiefs of the various fire districts shall request in writing that the fire restrictions be removed from all or part of their various jurisdictions; or

(b) The Sheriff, acting as Fire Marshal, or the Fire Chiefs of the various fire districts may grant written permission to allow open fires upon request provided that it is proven to their satisfaction that such exception to the fire restrictions does not constitute a high danger of forest or grass fires; or

(c) The conditions of high danger of forest or grass fires shall materially change as determined in a review of competent evidence by the Board of County Commissioners of La Plata County.

11. Notwithstanding paragraph 10 above, the Sheriff, acting as Fire Marshal, or the Fire Chiefs of the various fire districts may, within their discretion, ease burning restrictions within their respective fire districts or jurisdiction to the extent and in the manner deemed appropriate to them if, in their professional opinions, such action is appropriate, safe and prudent. The Sheriff or any Chief who relaxes burning restrictions in a fire district shall so notify the Board of County Commissioners in writing prior to such action. However, should the Sheriff or any Chief determine that the fire ban is no longer necessary in his fire district or jurisdiction, then said Sheriff or Chief shall request that the fire restrictions be lifted in their entirety in accordance with paragraph 10(a) above.
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