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Effective Wednesday, Oct. 2, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze ordering all unincorporated county lands will go under Stage Two Fire Restrictions, CCSO announced in a press release issued late Tuesday evening.

“This is being done due to the dry conditions that persist throughout Chaffee County, the long range forecast and the possibility of diminishing fire and law enforcement resources due to the Decker Fire,” Spezze noted in the release.

Stage Two Fire Restrictions prohibit all open fires, including charcoal fires and any type of open burning, including permanently constructed fire rings.

The only device allowed are those whose flame is controlled by a valve, he said.

Cooperation with this order is critical to reduce the possibility of any type of fire. Sheriff personnel will strictly enforce this order and violators will be cited, Spezze said.

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