The fire risk in San Juan County was raised from moderate to high at noon on Tuesday, July 24.
Campfires are still permitted as are barbecues. A few reminders to keep you and your family and community safe at this time:
– Have a charged hose nearby at all times to extinguish fires that may get out of control.
– Fires must be attended at all times until they are dead out. (Drowned with water and no coals visible.)
– You may be held responsible financially for fires that you light that get out of control and require fire department extinguishment.
– Campfires must be lit in fire bowls or rings or on bare earth.
– Campfires are for clean, dry firewood. Campfires are not for burning yard debris or garbage, even paper and cardboard products.
– Before lighting fires, check the weather and make sure high winds are not predicted which could lead to fire being carried away from your designated fire site.
– Be aware barbecues can emit sparks or firebrands that can contribute to fires in gutters that have not been cleaned out or under decks where an accumulation of leaves or pine needles may provide ideal fuel to make an unwanted fire.
Be safe and check the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s website for the most up to date burning information.