Montrose, COLO.—After recent moisture in the Montrose area, Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap will lift fire restrictions starting at midnight on August 31st. Overall moisture levels are continuing to increase and several partner federal agencies and counties are also lifting restrictions. Earlier this summer, the Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 2018-30 that authorizes the Sheriff, the fire warden for the county, to implement and lift fire restrictions as necessary through the summer months.

“The public continues to be our best ally when it comes to preventing wildfires,” said Sheriff Dunlap. “Please continue to follow safe fire practices by calling dispatch prior to burning and knowing the restrictions of the area you are in. I would also like to acknowledge the team that is continuing to work on containing the Bull Draw Fire in the west end of the county- their efforts are greatly appreciated.”

The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor conditions, and restrictions may be reinstated at any time. The public is urged to call dispatch at 970-252-4020 prior to and after completing any burning. This both alleviates calls from the concerned public and helps deputies monitor and patrol. As a reminder, both the Nucla-Naturita Fire Protection District and Paradox Fire Protection District are still in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. For information on restrictions for counties and agencies in the Seventh Judicial District, please visit