For the first time since 2006 Gunnison County is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions. County Commissioners approved a resolution that went into affect late May. It prohibits open burning, private use of fireworks, open charcoal or wood fires, ditch burning and the burning of trash and debris where the county is unincorporated.
The restrictions still allow some recreational fires, however. Gunnison fire marshal Dennis Spritzer said that liquid or gas fired stoves, charcoal grill fires, wood burning stoves, fireplaces and small recreational fires within fire pits at designated campgrounds are acceptable. There has also been an exception made for the 4th of July. The towns of Crested Butte and Mr. Crested Butte can still host their annual fireworks show, as long as the on-the-ground conditions don’t get even drier.
If step one isn’t enough protection, the next precaution is Stage 2 where there is absolutely no burning. That would affect the charcoal grills and gas grills. The only time in recent history when they have been at a Stage 2 restriction level was in 2002. Unfortunately, people who want to enjoy the campsites where there are fire bans aren’t too thrilled. Even though it’s for their own safety, visitors see “fire ban” and camping doesn’t sound like as much fun. With drought conditions similar to those of 2002, however, it’s a necessary measure. There has already been a fire in Soap Creek that burned 18 inches into the ground, back in May. The restrictions that are in place also include smoking in certain areas and using equipment that could give off sparks.
The ultimate goal is just to keep everyone safe so he or she can enjoy the beautiful Crested Butte summer. I am a local real estate agent and expert on the area. If you are interested in buying or selling a home here I would love to help.