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BOULDER COUNTY and

NATIONAL FORESTS along the Front Range lift fire restrictions.

August 16, 2022

Weather in the mountains has allowed for the rescission of Stage 1 fire restrictions in all of unincorporated Boulder County. Competent evidence demonstrates that:

• Seasonal monsoonal storms have increased the relative humidity enough in the county to have impacted fuels moistures;

• A forecast for mild weather continuing through the near-term forecast;

• Lower than normal fire activity nationally, leading to sufficient resources available locally.

Relying on competent scientific evidence provided by the National Weather Service and the National Fire Danger Rating System, the Board and the Sheriff have determined the weather is such that fire restrictions are no longer necessary in unincorporated Boulder County.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Aug. 16, 2022) -- After careful examination of scientific data and coordination with partners, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest Supervisor Monte Williams has lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions across the forest effective today.

Stage 1 fire restrictions limited areas where campfires were allowed to developed campgrounds and other supervised locations. The lifting of fire restrictions applies to national forests and grasslands in Weld, Larimer, Boulder, Gilpin, Jefferson and Clear Creek counties. Check for local fire restrictions when recreating anywhere on the National Forest.

Several key factors helped forest managers make this decision:

  • Monsoonal rains have helped drought conditions recover. Most areas of the forest are no longer in drought, and other areas are experiencing only light drought.

  • Fuel moisture levels, which are measured both in small vegetation like grasses and shrubs as well as in large vegetation like standing and fallen trees, are showing a better-than normal amount of moisture present, reducing the chances of rapid wildfire spread.

  • Nationwide and locally, many firefighting resources remain available to help respond to fire starts. The national and regional planning level is a reflection of the number of large wildfires burning as well as available resources. Scored on a level of 1-5, with 5 being the most severe, the regional level is currently at 2 and the national level is at 3.

  • The long-term forecast calls for continued monsoons over the coming weeks.

  • Our county partners are supportive of lifting fire restrictions as the current orders expire.

Forest fire managers will continue to closely monitor conditions over the coming weeks and months.

While fire restrictions are no longer in effect, fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. It is critical to use enough water to completely douse campfires until they are out cold to the touch. Depending on the size of the fire, this could require 5 gallons or more of water. Keep campfires small and contained within the ring. Never leave them unattended. Learn more about campfire safety.