Fire Bans: Stage I, Stage II – Depends on Location
In an historic precedent, Lake County, Sheriff Rod Fenske announced today an increased Stage II Fire Ban, but only in certain areas within unincorporated Lake County.
After meeting with Fire Chief Dan Dailey and Lake County Emergency Manager Mike McHargue, “I did a fire ban where everything north of Colorado (State Highway) 300 stays in Stage I, and everything south of Colorado 300, goes to Stage II,” explained Fenske in an interview with Leadville Today on Friday morning.This Lake County Fire Ban Map shows the defining line as Colorado 300, dividing Stage I and Stage II areas. Photo: Cody Blackford, Lake County Dispatch.
It’s no great surprise that Lake County saw some change in its fire ban restrictions becuase yesterday, June 27, it was announced that Federal Stage II fire restrictions were put in place on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Naturally, that includes a lot of Lake County.
While neighboring counties such as Eagle and Summit often have “patchwork” fire ban restrictions in place based on altitude and moisture, this is a first for Lake County. Therefore it’s important for local residents and visitors to understand what they can and can’t do . . . and where.
Stage One Classifications – CLICK to Connect
Stage Two Classifications – CLICK to Connect
So what about fireworks as we head into the Fourth of July holiday?
Sheriff Fenske has issued a complete ban on personal fireworks in Lake County, effective immediately you cannot sell or use personal fireworks in the county – anywhere.
But here’s where things get a bit sticky because the City of Leadville has decided to allow the use and sale of personal (legal) fireworks within the city limits of Leadville, according to Police Chief Mike Leake.
“We have decided to let the guy who’s selling fireworks at the old High Country Restaurant to continue to sell his fireworks,” explained Leake, adding that the vendor’s products consist mostly of “non-airborne” fireworks. However, he added that illegal fireworks such as bottle rockets and roman candles are PROHIBITED!
What About the Leadville Lions Fireworks Display on July 4th?
“As far as the Lions’ fireworks display,” explained Fenske, “We’re going to do that on a day by day basis.”
As for now, the Tony Wren Memorial Fireworks Display is still on. Fortunately the extended forecast for the fourth is actually much cooler. “If the rains move in, we’re good, if not all of Lake County will likely be in a Stage II ban soon,” concluded Fenske.
Stay tuned to Leadville Today, bringing you the latest news for your July Fourth holiday.
Water News: The Fishing Report and A River Story
Time to drop what you’re doing to take advantage of the great fishing the Ark has to offer right now!
Here is the latest fishing report brought to you by Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides:
Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista) – The clarity rates excellent and the flows on the Arkansas River right now are ideal for walk/wade access. The summertime hatches of caddis, stones, and yellow sallies are also in full swing. Now is time to hit the Upper Arkansas River! Dry/dropper and single or tandem dry rigs have been very effective. Dry fly selection includes PMX, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, and various Yellow Sally patterns. Droppers should include golden stone, micro stone, yellow sally nymphs, and caddis pupa/emerger patterns.