Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Start Monday
Montrose County will institute Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on Monday, May 21st.
There is a slight chance of showers over the weekend. A 20% chance on Saturday afternoon and evening and just a 10% chance on Sunday. That's not enough to hold off a Stage 1 Fire Restriction. After this weekend's slim chance there's little hope of any mosturie looking into next week.
Grand Junction and surrounding area NWS forecast:
Look for Mesa and other area counties to be included in the ban as we head into next week. "Unfortunately we have reached a point where enacting stage 1 restrictions are necessary to reduce the risk of wildfire," says Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap. "I would also encourage residents to sign up for the Sheriff's Office Emergency Notification System, CodeRED, to stay informed this fire season."
The Stage 1 Fire Restrictions do not allow burning of any kind including agricultural burning, campfires, and fireworks. Smoking cigarettes outdoors also banned, unless in an enclosed vehicle or building. Campfires in a pre-approved campground, State Parks or approved KOA campsites, or enclosed fire pits are permitted.
Remember too that the fines for violating the fire ban include: Class-2 offense with a fine from $100 to $500. If a fire causes property damage, criminal charges may be filed.