Fire Power: burning bans imposed on Front Range

Boulder strikes up burning ban

Boulder County issued fire bans for several areas along the Front Range.

Boulder County’s fire ban impose limits on where and what kind of fires are permitted, CBS Denver reported Wednesday. A map from the U.S. Drought Monitor indicated Colorado has developed abnormally dry conditions in certain areas.

According to 9News, the burn ban includes fireworks, warming fires, fires in outdoor fire pits and fire grates.

Areas affected by the ban in Boulder are unincorporated areas west of Highway 93, Broadway Ave., and Highway 36.

U.S. Forest Service supports fire ban

The United States Forest Service announced Thursday they would support the ban by enacting restrictions on portions of the Roosevelt National Forest, the Daily Camera reported. These restrictions will apply to areas along Peak to Peak Highway and on the east Roosevelt National Forest boundary in Boulder County.

The U.S. Forest Service will limit where and what type of fires are permitted. Forest visitors will be prohibited from building or maintaining fires and using charcoal, coal or wood stoves. Fireworks and smoking are also banned in designated areas.

Activists fight Prairie Dog extermination

Forests aren’t the only thing under fire in Boulder. Activists will deliver a petition with more than 135,000 to the Naropa University administration in an attempt to stop the killing of about 100 prairie dogs on the school’s east Boulder campus, according to The Daily Camera.

Administrators claimed they plan to relocate the prairie dogs instead of exterminating them, but activists aren’t convinced. They’re asking Naropa to withdraw its application for a lethal control permit, which would allow the school to kill prairie dogs on a 2.5-acre plot at Arapahoe Avenue and 63rd Street.

 

 

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