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Officials Lift All Fire Restrictions

Sep 6, 2018

Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

On Friday, officials will lift all fire restrictions across the upper Colorado River area, including the Roaring Fork Valley.

 

Fire managers say that conditions like moisture in vegetation, current fire activity and weather forecasts have improved enough to lift stage one restrictions, but warn that people should still be cautious.  

Three wildfires continue to burn on the White River National Forest. Aspen Fire Marshal Parker Lathrop said officials consider the resource demands of active fires in decisions about restrictions.   

There are now 31 people and one engine working on the Cache Creek Fire, which is southwest of Rifle. That fire has burned 2,700 acres and is 55 percent contained. The Cabin Lake Fire outside of Meeker is 93 percent contained, and has burned nearly 6,000 acres. There are 125 active firefighters, including mostly hand crews.

The Lake Christine Fire remains 90 percent contained after burning 12,500 acres near Basalt. Nineteen firefighters are completing mop-up operations there.