You are currently permitted to have campfires in our campgrounds. Please use common sense and be cautious. Don't be like one of our campers who tried to burn a six-foot long log in a fire pit! We don't have a fire ban but we do our best to enforce our ban on stupidity.
Here's the latest local fire info as of July 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm:
The Vasquez Ridge Fire on Sulphur Ranger District is 100 percent contained. Rain, snow and hail in the area this afternoon helped cool the interior of the fire perimeter.
The Vasquez Ridge Fire is suspected to have been caused by humans and is currently under investigation by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers.
This fire and one that occurred on private land near Granby on Saturday are reminders that grasses and other fine fuels are drying out quickly and that fires do have the potential to spread quickly. The public is reminded to be cautious with campfires and other potential sources of ignition.
This will be the final update on the Vasquez Ridge Fire. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
From: Armstrong, Katherine R -FS
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:59 PM
Subject: UPDATE: Vasquez Ridge Fire
Firefighters are securing the Vasquez Ridge Fire on Sulphur Ranger District near Winter Park this evening. A helicopter spent several hours assisting this afternoon, dropping buckets of water on it from a nearby lake in Fraser prior to being released and reassigned to a fire north of Walden.
The fire occurred in an area on Vasquez Ridge that had been the site of a recent hazardous fuels reduction project that was completed in 2012. This work limited the growth of the fire and created defensible space that aided firefighters in accessing and working on the fire from the ground.
U.S. Forest Service fire fighters are responding to a small fire on Vasquez Ridge reported to be about 50-by-100 feet, burning on the ground in slash. The fire is located up a rough dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road (NFSR 156). Helicopter support is en route to the scene from Fort Collins. No structures are currently threatened. Smoke may be visible from Winter Park and U.S. Highway 40.
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