Town of Breckenridge Declares Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – June 28, 2018 – On Thursday, June 28th, Mayor Eric Mamula enacted Stage 2 level fire restrictions for the Town of Breckenridge. These restrictions are necessary due to extremely dangerous weather conditions, including high temperatures and dry conditions, and circumstances posing a real threat of wildfires occurring within the Town of Breckenridge.
The Stage 2 level restrictions declared by Mayor Mamula strictly prohibit and make unlawful the following:
A. Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire, coal, or wood burning stove, including but not limited to, commercially designed and manufactured outdoor fireplaces, candles, luminaries and tiki torches.
B. Smoking in any forested/unimproved natural areas, or upon the outdoor premises of the Town of Breckenridge municipal golf course.
C. Disposing out of doors any burning object, including without limitation cigarettes, cigars, or matches.
D. Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrester, 5 gallons of water, a 2A10BC classified dry chemical fire extinguisher and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. The fire extinguisher must be immediately accessible to the equipment operator. The water and shovel may be kept with fueling supplies but must be readily available for use.
E. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
F. Inflating and propelling hot air balloons.
Exemptions to these restrictions include:
A. Welding by a person possessing a current permit, contract or letter of authorization from the Summit County Sheriff and any other entity within whose jurisdiction or on whose property the activity is proposed including municipalities, fire districts, metropolitan district, resort, private property owner or the United States Forest Service when the subject welding area is barren or cleared of all flammable materials at least ten feet on all sides from equipment.
B. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas fueled stoves.
C. Smoking within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, building or tent.
D. Engaging in any activity by persons with a permit or letter of authorization from the Summit County Sheriff and any other entity within whose jurisdiction or on whose property the activity is proposed including municipalities, fire districts, metropolitan district, resort, private property owner or the United States Forest Services that specifically authorizes the prohibited act or omission.
E. Fires in fireplaces or stoves within all buildings.
F. Fires caused or administered by any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
These restrictions shall remain in place until lifted by Mayor Mamula. It is unlawful and a misdemeanor offense for any person to violate these restrictions.
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Shannon Haynes, Assistant Town Manager