ASPEN, CO – 8/30/12 – The Pitkin County Sheriff’s burn ban will be lifted beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 31, 2012. After a meeting of local Fire Chiefs this week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has decided to lift the countywide burn ban that has been in place since April 5, 2012. Local Fire Chiefs reported this week that fuel moisture levels in the Roaring Fork Valley are back to normal for this time of year, eliminating the need for a burn ban.
Residents are always encouraged to utilize safe fire practices; especially with the return to normal use of open flames on all private and state lands within Pitkin County. Sheriff Joe DiSalvo would like to extend a special thank you to the citizens, elected officials, fire personnel, and law enforcement agencies of Pitkin County who went above and beyond to keep the county safe during one of the driest seasons on record in Colorado. “We couldn’t have done this without the entire community behind us,” said DiSalvo, “Thank you for keeping our community safe, and enjoy the holiday weekend.”
Although the danger of wildfire may have subsided for now, citizens are encouraged to visit www.pitkinemergency.org to learn how to sign up for Pitkin Alert, an emergency notification system that sends text, email, pager, and voice alerts. Please direct all media questions to Pitkin County Deputy Jeff Lumsden at (970) 920-5300.