Montrose, COLO.—Sheriff Gene Lillard is lifting fire restrictions effective Thursday, July 30 at 12:01 a.m. The decision was made alongside partner agencies including federal lands, weather partners, and surrounding counties in order to avoid confusion when recreating in the region. This affects land within unincorporated Montrose County, and now allows residents to burn as necessary. 

The decision was based on fuel moisture measurements in vegetation, predicated weather, and the amount of current fire activity in the county. Residents and visitors are encouraged to use caution when burning.

“Even though fire restrictions have been lifted, I am urging community members to use caution when burning. Please make sure to have water and shovels readily available when burning and always call dispatch at 970-249-9110 before burning. Last but not least, I would like to thank the public for their assistance the past several weeks during restrictions.” said Sheriff Lillard.  

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