Fire restrictions to be lifted as of midnight

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The fire restrictions in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests as well as within unincorporated Ouray County will be lifted as of today.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the decision to remove restrictions came as a result of increased moisture, predicted weather and the amount of current fire activity on the forest. The latest models show a marked improvement in fire conditions leading to a decrease in wildfire risk.

Visitors are asked to continue to pay attention to fire danger in areas with dry vegetation or dead trees by practicing smart wildfire prevention behavior including: never leaving a campfire unattended, using established campfire rings, picking safe and proper campfire sites and ensuring that their fires are completely out and cool to the touch by using the drown, stir and feel methods.

Ouray County Sheriff Justin Perry also announced today he would be lifting fire restrictions locally, within unincorporated Ouray County. The City of Ouray will discuss lifting its fire restrictions during a meeting Monday. For more fire-related information in the area visit westslopefireinfo.com.