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Posted on: June 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Glenwood Springs Enacts Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Effective Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.


GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – The City of Glenwood Springs will join Garfield County to enact Stage 2 Fire Restrictions at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021.

“There are a lot of natural challenges that will make this a long fire season including dry conditions, wind, lightning, and more, but I urge everyone to take extra precaution to prevent human caused fires,” warns Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson. “These fire restrictions outline specific rules to help us minimize dangers that are in our control. Please do not take a chance when it comes to fire safety.”

For the purpose of clarifying these restrictions, the following definitions are offered.

By definition:

A "Developed Area" is an area, whether within city limits or rural, that is groomed, manicured and or watered, where grasses, brush and trees are regularly attended to by landowner. This includes residential and business areas, improved recreational areas, parks and other common areas.

An "Undeveloped Area" are lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered, where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes green belts that are not landscaped or manicured, open space lands, non-manicured park lands, and other areas where the fire hazard presented by the vegetation is determined by the authority having jurisdiction or designee to be an undue wildland fire hazard.

The following Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will be strictly enforced:

  • All Burn Permits Canceled.  All Open Burning Permits are canceled during Fire Restrictions.
  • Campfires/Recreational Fires are NOT allowed.
  • Cooking Fires.  Gas-fueled devices with a shut-off valve are allowed.
  • No smoking, except within a designated area, an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed area or in an area free of combustibles.
  • No use of any explosives. All explosives are prohibited, including blasting caps, “exploding” targets, bullets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc.
  • Welding and Spark-emitting cutting (Hot Work):
    • Developed area: Use extreme caution and take preventative measures as necessary.
    • Undeveloped area: Industrial use only. A permit from the local fire department may be required.  Must be in a cleared area at least 10 feet in diameter with a designated lookout.  Must have Class A fire extinguishing capabilities readily available.
  • Use of Powered Equipment. Must have a properly installed spark arrestor and method for fire extinguishment.
    • In an Undeveloped area: Industrial use only. Must be in a cleared area at least 10 feet in diameter with a designated lookout. 
    • Other internal combustion engine-powered equipment, such as tractors and mowers: Operate with extreme caution paying special attention in areas subject to extreme conditions that may be susceptible to ignition (dry weeds and grasses, etc.).  
  • Use of fireworks - Not permitted.
  • Use of firearms– Steel jacket/core bullets (Armor Piercing) and tracer bullets are expressly prohibited. It is the responsibility of each independent range to ensure safe fire conditions at all times the range is in use. This includes: mitigating fuels that may potentially catch fire; monitoring downrange conditions/impacts; maintaining the ability to access and rapidly extinguish fires; notifying the local fire department immediately in the event of a fire of any size. Keeping a usable fire-extinguishing application method on hand is strongly recommended.  
    • If shooting at an unattended range - including those on public and private property - the responsibility for ensuring safe fire conditions falls on the independent shooter.

Fire Restriction violations can be reported to law enforcement via 9-1-1. Violation can lead to serious consequences including fines and imprisonment.

South Canyon Gun Range Closed 

Due to high fire risk, the gun range in South Canyon has been closed for use. Use of firearms is outlined under the stage 2 fire restrictions and should be strictly followed.

Fire Safety Reminders

  • Register or update your contact information today for emergency alerts at
  • Ask an out-of-town relative or friend to be your "family contact." Your contact should live outside of your area. During family separations, it is often easier to contact an out of area relative. Family members should call the contact and tell him or her where they are. Everyone must know the contact’s name, address, and phone number.
  • Prepare your home: Check for, and remove, fire hazards in and around your home (roofs, gutters and under decks) such as dried out branches, leaves and debris.
  • Adults and children should know the basics: the sound of smoke alarms, the location of the nearest fire escape, emergency numbers, and an established meeting area.
  • Be fire wise: Prepare an emergency evacuation kit to keep in your vehicle, and a go bag.
  • Check vehicles and trailers before trips to ensure chains on the tow assembly aren’t dragging on the ground.
  • If you see a fire approaching your home or community, report it immediately by dialing 9-1-1.


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