Friday, July 07, 2006

Can you light a campfire?

If you're headed out camping this weekend, make sure you check for fire restrictions.

Some Colorado counties are easing fire restrictions, with federal officials lifting their ban on 3 million acres of land across southern Colorado, including the
Pike-San Isabel National Forest.

But Arapahoe and Summit counties kept limits in place. Officials say they’re worried about future dry spells.

“We have a checklist to determine if we meet the criteria for lifting the restrictions,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Barb Timock said. Restrictions could be reimposed if the weather dries out.

Park County lifted all restrictions, while Jefferson and Douglas counties, eased theirs.

Wet weather is expected to continue through next week, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said, but summer monsoon season often is followed by dry spells.

Statewide fire restrictions:

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