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Moffat County lifts fire restrictions

Craig Daily Press

Fire restrictions have been lifted across Moffat County, including Bureau of Land Management lands in the Little Snake and White River field offices. The restrictions initially went into effect July 12.

County fire restrictions were lifted by Sheriff KC Hume effective noon Tuesday.

"Even though fire restrictions are no longer in effect, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office encourages everyone to take necessary precautions with fire, as it is still dry in many locations across the county," Hume said in a press release.

BLM fire restrictions will be lifted effective Wednesday as recent rains have lessened the fire danger, a BLM press release said.

"A lower fire danger doesn't mean no fire danger," said Northwest Unit Fire Management Office Colt Mortenson. "Conditions vary by day and by location, so people still need to be careful and use common sense."

Fire officials remind visitors to practice fire safety:

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• Keep campfires small and under control.

• Put your campfires dead out. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.

• Keep a shovel and water nearby to douse escaped embers.

• Do not park or idle vehicles in tall dry grass. The heat from the vehicle can spark a wildfire.

• Do not allow chains to drag from vehicle or trailers being towed.

• Fireworks are never allowed on federally managed lands.

"We appreciate the public's cooperation and patience during this summer's fire restrictions," Mortenson said.