Modifying Burning Restrictions to STAGE II RESTRICTIONS
Pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Sheriff of Elbert County, Colorado, by Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended by Amendment 1 to Ordinance No. 06-01, and Colorado Revised Statute 30-10-512, I, Shayne Heap, hereby issue this Executive Order pertaining to the declaration of the open fire and open burning restrictions.
On or about June 12, 2013, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office issued an Executive Order, modifying the burn restrictions to STAGE III RESTRICTIONS. Based upon recommendations of local Fire Chiefs, it is determined that a decrease from STAGE III RESTRICTIONS to STAGE II RESTRICTIONS is warranted.
STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall prohibit the following activities:
1. Open burning, excepting charcoal grill fires, fires in approved portable exterior fireplaces, and outdoor welding or hot work.
2. Outdoor smoking, excepting smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. The sale or use of fireworks.
4. Use of educational rockets.
The STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this Executive Order. The STAGE II RESTRICTIONS shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified by either the Elbert County Sheriff or by the Board of CountyCommissioner of Elbert County pursuant to Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended.
Elbert County moves to Stage 2 burn restriction
with improved moisture levels
Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap and the Elbert County Fire
Chiefs Association recommend and supported the decrease to
Stage 2 with the new and sustained moisture in our local area.
Elbert County, CO – July 16, 2013 Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap and the Elbert County Fire Chiefs
Association evaluated the current conditions and agreed a change was warranted in the current burn
ban. The official recommendation was to reduce the current burn restriction from Stage 3 to Stage 2.
Sheriff Shayne Heap signed an executive order making the reduction effective immediately.
Officials remind the community that with today’s reduction, Elbert County is not removed from the
potential for fire danger and that burning still requires permit from your local fire authority or district.
Residents must obtain the proper fire permitting with your local Fire Protection District to burn at your
home or business. Stage 2 prohibits burning without approved permitting and excepts the use of
charcoal grill fires, fires in approved portable exterior fireplaces (with permit), and outdoor welding and
hot work. The sale and use of fireworks and educational rockets is prohibited under stage 2 burn ban.
Contact the Elbert County Emergency Management office or your local Fire Department with related
questions on any outdoor burning requirements.
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