La Plata County approves Stage 3 fire restrictions

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La Plata County approves Stage 3 fire restrictions

Coal-fired steam engines prohibited
La Plata County commissioners approved Stage 3 fire restrictions Tuesday, which closes county-owned open spaces and trails. The ban also requires closing of the homeless camp and prohibits the use of coal-fired steam engines, which would apply to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Stage 3 restrictions according to La Plata County

In addition to maintaining previous restrictions, Stage 3 will add these additional closures/restrictions/ prohibitions:
The closure of all La Plata County owned trails, encampments, open space, and unimproved lands.Those agricultural producers exempt from fire bans pursuant to C.R.S. §§ 30-15-401(n.5)(III) and 35-28-104(11) may perform agricultural burning only with 48 hours prior notification to the appropriate fire chief or the Sheriff.Indoor fire places and wood-burning stoves without an approved interior and exterior chimney spark arrestor.The sale, discharge or use of any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device (including 4th of July celebrations).The use of floating sky lanterns, fire balloons or acetylene balloons.Discharge of firearms or the use of exploding targets, unless under the circumstances described in C.R.S. § 30-15-302.Blasting in development areas or construction areas.The use of an explosive, blasting caps, or any other incendiary device, including the use of any model rockets.Flaring for oil and gas production wells.Operation of coal-fired steam engines.Certain exemptions apply to these prohibitions. They include:
Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.Flaring at centralized processing and compressing facilities is permitted so long as all conditions and requirements issued by applicable regulators are satisfied.Emergency repair of public utilities.Fires permitted by the La Plata County Sheriff or local fire chiefs within their jurisdiction, if, in their professional opinions, such action is appropriate, safe and prudent.

La Plata County approves Stage 3 fire restrictions

La Plata County commissioners approved Stage 3 fire restrictions Tuesday, which closes county-owned open spaces and trails. The ban also requires closing of the homeless camp and prohibits the use of coal-fired steam engines, which would apply to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
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