As of Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the Saguache County Sheriff and Board of Commissioners have enacted a county-wide Stage 2 Fire Ban. The following are deemed to be "open fires" and are strictly prohibited while the fire ban is in effect:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire to burn trash, debris, fence rows, or vegetation
  • Campfires (including in Forest Service campgrounds)
  • Warming fires
  • Charcoal grills
  • Fireworks, explosives, blasting caps, or any incendiary which may result in the ignition of flammable material
  • Smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building
  • Welding or operating and acetylene or other torch with open flame
  • Disposing of any burning material or material hot enough to cause the ignition of weeds or grass, such as cigarette or cigar butts or hot coals, except in a fireproof receptacle designed for such disposal
  • The use of chainsaws and other internal combustion engines unless equipped with a spark arrestor, and accompanied onsite by a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight (8) ounces weight capacity, and a size zero (0) or larger round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six (36) inches