Fire bans sweep across region

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City, county, federal agencies enact prohibitions ahead of busy holiday

  • This graphic shows what's allowed and not allowed under Stage 1 fire restrictions on public lands. An intensifying drought and high wildfire danger prompted several agencies to ban fires in and around Ouray County this week, including the city of Ouray, the county, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Courtesy Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
    This graphic shows what's allowed and not allowed under Stage 1 fire restrictions on public lands. An intensifying drought and high wildfire danger prompted several agencies to ban fires in and around Ouray County this week, including the city of Ouray, the county, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Courtesy Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Federal and local agencies moved swiftly and simultaneously this week to implement fire bans across Ouray County and the surrounding region, citing parched conditions and a high wildfire danger. Ouray County commissioners, Ouray city councilors, and the Uncompahgre and Tres Rios field offices of the Bureau of Land Management all announced Stage 1 restrictions on Tuesday. Montrose County…

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