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Brief: Fire restrictions lifted on federal lands in Moffat County

On Thursday federal, state and county officials revisited fire conditions in northwest Colorado.

After evaluating certain criteria, such as live fuel moistures, drought indexes, resource availability and the number of human caused fires, Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit fire management officer Colt Mortenson decided to rescind all fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management, Dinosaur National Monument and Brown's Park National Wildlife Refuge public lands in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Moffat County is expected to lift its Stage 1 fire restrictions the week of Sept. 24, according to a fire management unit news release.

Fire danger remains high due to dry fuels in the western part of the county, the release states.

Remember to smoke in cleared areas and extinguish all campfires with water or dirt until the embers are cool to the touch.