Mountain Village Imposes Fire Restrictions
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The Telluride region is an island of tan in a sea of red on this map posted by the National Weather Service on Friday.  The Red Flag Warning is in effect through Saturday.
The Telluride region is an island of tan in a sea of red on this map posted by the National Weather Service on Friday. The Red Flag Warning is in effect through Saturday.
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Due to the extended period of hot, dry and windy weather this spring and the likelihood of wildfires in the Telluride region, Mountain Village Police Chief Chris Broady, in conjunction with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s office, has imposed an emergency restriction on open fires within the Town of Mountain Village effective June 11, 2012.

The open fire ban will remain in effect no longer than 30 days from this date unless otherwise extended by Mountain Village Town Council. Chief Broady will request such an extension at the regularly scheduled June 21 Town Council meeting.

This fire ban applies to all open fires within Mountain Village as further specified below, but does not apply to:

-gas barbeques;

-charcoal fires in a properly enclosed firepan or other enclosed device specifically designed for the purpose of burning charcoal; or

-permanent fireplace locations and enclosures.

Specifically prohibited activities include:

-building, maintaining, attending or using any fire to burn trash, debris or vegetation, any campfire, warming fire, and any paper or wood grills;

-smoking – except within an enclosed vehicle, building or area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material. All smoking debris must be disposed of properly in an enclosed container;

-fireworks of any kind;

-operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in effective working order, or a chop saw for cutting steel unless in the immediate possession of the operator, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight ounce capacity by weight, and one, size zero or larger, round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches;

-welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least 10 feet on all sides from the equipment; and

-using explosives requiring fuses or blasting caps.

The following shall be considered exempt from such open fire restrictions:

-any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty;

-any fires contained within liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves or fireplaces; and

-campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies for which Police Chief Broady has granted a valid written permit in advance.

If you have any questions regarding the fire ban, please contact the Mountain Village Police Department at (970) 728-9281 or MVPD@mtnvillage.org. For more information, please visit www.sanmiguelcounty.org/firewise.html.
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