Stage 1 Fire Restrictions In Effect Beginning July 6, 2020
Due to the extremely dry conditions and the additional dry weather that is projected for our area, the Board of County Commissioners signed Resolution 2020-R-014, authorizing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning Monday, July 6. The restrictions apply to the unincorporated county area and do not include the municipalities within the County.
The Stage 1 fire restrictions include the following:
- No open burning of any kind, including agricultural burning, campfires, warming fires
- No prescribed burning of fence rows, wildlands, trash, and debris.
- No fused explosives.
- No fireworks of all kinds and brands (except with a permit issued pursuant to state or municipal laws)
- No smoking cigarettes outdoors, unless in an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation site.
- No chain saw operations without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in effective working order, and having a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and possessing one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. The extinguisher shall be with the chain saw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies but readily available for quick use.
Exceptions to the restrictions include gas barbeques, charcoal fires in enclosed firepans of permanent fireplace locations. Campfires in a pre-approved campground, State Park/KOA, or enclosed fire pits are permitted. As a reminder, fireworks on publicly managed lands are prohibited.
Be advised that persons found violating the restriction may be cited into Delta County Court and, upon conviction, incur fines and costs. In addition, should the violation of this resolution result in a fire the violator shall be responsible to reimburse the expenses incurred in extinguishing the fire.
By this resolution, the Delta County Commissioners hope to avoid as many human-caused fires as possible and request outdoor users to be extremely careful with all burnable materials, especially cigarettes.