News Alert Stage I fire ban currently in effect
A Stage I fire ban is currently in effect for private land within Custer County.  Read more
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Stage I fire ban currently in effect
Today, Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly announced they will be imposing Stage I Fire Restrictions after conferring with WMVFPD Chief Kit Shy and US Forest Service Officials for private and county owned property. We encourage all citizens to review the Fire restrictions, which can be found on the Custer County Website under the Emergency Management tab and be aware of the precautions we all must take to prevent a wildfire during the current conditions. The ban will be in effect until further notice and we will evaluate conditions regularly, in hopes we begin to receive moisture to reduce the hazards of a potential wildfire. Currently, the National Forest Service and Chaffee County are in Stage II restrictions, and Fremont County is considering setting restrictions in the coming days. We ask all citizens to be fire conscious and aware of your surroundings. If you see or smell smoke, we encourage you to report it to authorities.For specific information regarding the fire ban restrictions, please visit the Custer County Website at and click on the Open Burn Ordinance to review the regulations specific to Stage I restrictions.As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Sheriff Office, Fire Department, or the Office of Emergency Management.
Thank you,
Sheriff Byerly

Stage I Fire Ban: The following restrictions are imposed on ALL PRIVATE LAND in Custer County:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood stove, fireplace, any type of charcoal-fueled or wood-fueled cooking, or open fire of any type shall be temporarily suspended in all undeveloped areas.
  2. Campfires contained in constructed permanent fire pits or fire grates within a developed recreation area shall be allowed.
  3. Grills using propane and other bottled fuels shall be allowed, but only in areas free of flammable vegetation and other flammable materials, and such fires must be used and maintained in such a manner that no fire danger is presented to the surrounding area.
  4. All open fires allowed by subparagraphs {b} and {c} above must be attended at all times, and an adequate water supply and/or a fire extinguisher shall be on site at all times while such an open fire is burning.
  5. All burning of trash, refuse or debris shall be temporarily suspended.
  6. Smoking shall be temporarily suspended except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or outdoor smoking area that is hard-surfaced or barren or otherwise cleared of all flammable vegetation or material.
  7. Discarding smoking materials in a receptacle not designed for disposal of smoking materials, discarding smoking materials from a moving or stationary motor vehicle, and discarding smoking materials in any other outdoor location is expressly prohibited at all times.
  8. The use of explosive materials including fireworks, solid fuel rockets, blasting caps, or any other incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable materials shall be temporarily suspended.
  9. Outdoor welding, grinding, or use of any type of torch in any area which presents the possibility of igniting vegetation or other combustible material shall be temporarily suspended unless there is an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher on site.
  10. Operating any outdoor equipment or machinery with an internal combustion engine in an undeveloped area shall be temporarily suspended unless said equipment or machinery is equipped with a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in good working order.
  11. The sale, possession and use of fireworks, including permissible fireworks as defined in § 12-28-101, C.R.S., shall be temporarily suspended during the imposition of a Stage I Fire Ban. Such a restriction on fireworks within all or any portion of the unincorporated or incorporated areas of Custer County shall not last longer than a period of one year, and shall not be in effect between May 31 and July 5 of each year unless there is an express finding of a high fire danger by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners based on competent evidence as that term is defined herein.
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