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Wildfire danger is LOW, campfire restrictions are in place
Fire Danger Level: When the fire danger is "low" it means that fuels do not ignite easily from small embers, but a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or dry rotten wood. Fires in open, dry grasslands may burn easily a few hours after a rain, but most wood fires will spread slowly, creeping or smoldering. Control of fires is generally easy.
The Summit County Board of Commissioners has enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions which go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 9. The county is in high fire danger due to severe drought conditions and a low snow pack year. This will only in intensify as we move into summer and warmer weather.
Under Stage 1 restrictions, all open fires, fireworks, tracer ammunition, and explosive targets are prohibited
The Summit County Board of Commissioners voted to enact Stage 2 Fire Restrictions during a special meeting on June 22, in recognition of the extremely high fire danger and numerous fires that broke out across the state over the weekend. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions function to limit or ban activities that pose a significant risk of starting a fire, and will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 25. In addition, an administrative closure of the Summit County shooting range will go into effect at the same time as Stage 2 Restrictions.
Prohibited activities include ALL OPEN FIRES (including backyard campfires under permits from fire departments) solid-fuel burning fires such as charcoal grills or wood-pellet stoves, smoking outdoors and fireworks, among other activities.
The Summit County Board of Commissioners enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 18. The commissioners enacted the change during a special meeting Tuesday, in recognition of the extremely high fire danger resulting from record-breaking temperatures this past week and decreased precipitation, which has led to early season wildfire activity in the county, including the Straight Creek fire, which occurred this past Thursday and was just brought under control over the weekend.
Due to the elevated fire danger, slash-burning permits all have been cancelled.