Pitkin County, Colorado – October 9, 2018 – Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has rescinded all Stage 1 fire restrictions for all lands in Pitkin County effective immediately Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Stage 1 fire restrictions were initially put in place on June 12, 2018, and, on June 29, 2018, were elevated to Stage 2. After a brief reprieve from restrictions in September, Sheriff DiSalvo, using data to guide the decision, reinstated Stage 1 fire restrictions on September 21, 2018.
The Energy Release Component (ERC) is the prevailing measurement used to determine when fire restrictions are put in place. Low ERCs, along with weather forecasts and the fire activity in the County guided Sheriff DiSalvo this week to remove the current Stage 1 fire restrictions.
“Although we are coming out of fire restrictions, I’m asking all Pitkin County residents and visitors to remain vigilant, adhere to fire safety rules and report all smoke and fire to 911 immediately,” said Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.
All Pitkin County citizens and visitors are reminded and encouraged to practice smart wildfire prevention behavior by observing the following campfire safety rules:
If you have any questions, please contact your local fire district, USFS District Ranger or the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at:
Aspen Fire Protection District -- 970-925-5532
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District -- 970-704-0675
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District -- 970-963-2491
Snowmass/Wildcat Fire Protection District -- 970-923-2212
Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office -- 970-920-5300
White River National Forest -- 970-963-2255