Fire Ban, Costilla County

fire ban Costilla CountyFire Ban, Costilla County

Effective immediately, Costilla County is now in a Stage 1 fire ban, per Costilla County Sheriff Danny Sanchez.

[Update: Fire ban was lifted on October 23rd at noon by Costilla County Sheriff.]

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Colorado drought map reports that Costilla County and 42% of Colorado are in condition D0, Abnormally Dry, the lowest level drought condition. Saguache County and 28% of Colorado are in D1, Moderate Drought. No Colorado counties are currently rated with drier drought conditions D2, D3 or D4.

Stage 1 Fire Ban Restrictions:

1. No using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal barbecues and grills.

Exceptions: Fires are allowed in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed Forest Service campgrounds and picnic grounds or recreation sites and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices that meet the factory underwriter’s specifications for safety. Fires that are maintained or attended within a device that has a spark arrestor or where the fire is fully enclosed within a screen at all times are allowed.

2. No smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

3. No operating or using any internal combustion engine without spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.

4. No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

5. No fireworks or exploding targets.

Follow updates on the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office serves the county and San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. The Costilla County Sheriff is Danny Sanchez.
For an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency dispatch, call (719) 672-3302.  For the sheriff’s office, call (719) 672-0673.

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