Stage 2 fire restrictions are no longer in effect in Gunnison County.
A transition to a less-restrictive, Stage 1 partial ban occurred for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service on Monday, and Gunnison County Commissioners followed suit for private, unincorporated lands in the county on Tuesday.
“Recent weather patterns have brought much-needed moisture to the area,” said Brandon Lewis, fire management officer for the Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit. “The fire danger criteria are slowly beginning to rebound and our fuels appear to be recovering; however, the potential for fire remains and I encourage public land users to be responsible.”
Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific fuel moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.
Gunnison County Emergency Manager Scott Morrill told commissioners Tuesday that lowering the level of restrictions was appropriate “now that all the land managers are comfortable doing this and Gunnison Fire is on board.”
The partial burn ban applies to both private and public lands in the unincorporated county — but not within the municipalities. Small, recreational fires at developed campsites, gas- and liquid-fueled stoves, and burning in fireplaces wood-burning stoves within residential areas are allowed under Stage 1 restrictions. The towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte have resolutions in place to follow the county’s lead on fire bans.
Currently, there are no fire restrictions in place in the City of Gunnison.
Look to Thursday's Times for more on current fire restrictions.