Western forest officials reviewing fire bans

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(AP) — Officials from the U.S. Forest Service are meeting with local authorities to discuss fire bans in western Colorado.

White River National Forest officials plan to meet Monday to discuss conditions in the forests around the Roaring Fork Valley.

According to the Aspen Daily News (http://bit.ly/NUsBNu ), forest officials, local sheriffs and fire chiefs will review moisture content in trees and soils before considering any easing of the bans.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday said he is lifting the statewide fire ban he ordered last month.

The fire ban ordered June 14 applied to open burning, including campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, fused explosives and private use of fireworks. Hickenlooper says local authorities and federal land managers still have control over fire bans in their jurisdictions.

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