DENVER — The extreme heat and dry conditions are prompting authorities to implement fire restrictions in many parts of Colorado.
Pitkin and Eagle counties are moving to Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning Wednesday. Along with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered lands in Grand, Jackson, Eagle, Larimer, and Rio Blanco counties. Summit County will be in Stage 1 restrictions Friday.
Recent hot and windy conditions across northwest Colorado have dried out fuels, while thunderstorms have delivered lightning with little or no moisture, according to the BLM.
Stage 1 restrictions are coming for other parts of the state where extreme and exceptional drought conditions persists.
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions Wednesday. San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado announced they too will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning Wednesday.
The restrictions prohibit open fires, including charcoal barbecues and grills. Fires inside permanent fire pits at developed camp sites are allowed.