COVID-19 UPDATES

Who to Contact and How

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For public health enforcement complaints, call 970-879-1110

To leave a comment with the Commissioners, email bcc@co.routt.co.us . If you would like the comment to be public, please state so in your email.

For community testing appointments or questions, call 970-870-5577

For restaurant and food establishment public health orders and guidance, email e-health@co.routt.co.us

For the self-certification form and mitigation protocol form, visit https://www.covid19routtcounty.com/ . The home page under What to Know When In Routt County has the underlined clickable forms. The dropbox link for the self-certification form submittal is on the downloadable form.

For any other general COVID-19 questions, email countyinfo@co.routt.co.us or visit https://www.covid19routtcounty.com/

Hayden Master Plan Community Survey

Hayden Master Plan Community Survey Link

The Town of Hayden is currently updating its master plan, a document required by state law that reflects its collective vision and intentions for the future. Its purpose is to establish a policy framework for future decisions related to growth and development. Ideally, it serves as a resource for individuals engaged in industry attraction, transportation planning, commercial and retail development, home building, the provision of services, construction of utilities, and programming of parks and open spaces.

While the master planning effort initially intended to provide numerous platforms for community engagement, social distancing restrictions and “stay at home orders” established in response to the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus have somewhat limited those opportunities. To that end, the planning team, together with the Town’s leaders, decided to solicit input from Hayden’s residents and business owners through administration of a brief survey. Specifically, the Town’s leaders intend to use the responses to ensure future planning and project initiatives are strategic, impactful, and broadly representative.

For this reason, we are asking that everyone with an interest in Hayden’s future (one survey per person) complete on or before July 6, 2020.  Responses will be reviewed by members of the planning team, shared with representatives of the Town serving on an advisory board, and reported on to elected officials.

Please feel free to contact Mary Alice Page-Allen, mary.alice@haydencolorado.org, (970) 276-3741 or (970) 846-4582 with any questions. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration

2020 Routt County Fair Limited Due to COVID-19 Impacts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Plans for 4-H and FFA Livestock Shows and Sale in Development

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – June 5, 2020 — After weighing all public health and safety concerns along with the directives in the State’s Public Health Order 20-28 dated June 2, 2020, and upon the recommendation of the Fair Advisory Board, the Routt County Board of Commissioners decided to limit the 2020 Routt County Fair scheduled for August 7-16. The County and Fair Board are moving forward and working out details for hosting 4-H and FFA shows and the Junior Livestock Sale.

Routt County and the Fair Advisory Board remain committed to the health and safety of volunteers, participants, and attendees along with adhering to all state and local public health orders, as well as support of local youth in the 4-H and FFA programs. The Fifth Amended Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors of June 2, 2020, states in section J.#3 that “Due to ongoing concerns regarding disease transmission in larger group setting that could result in disease outbreaks, the following activities are NOT authorized to occur… #3. Rodeos, FAIRS, festivals, and parades.”

Moving forward, the Fair Advisory Board (FAB) and Routt County 4-H will continue working together to coordinate 4-H shows and the Junior Livestock Sale, allowing 4-H and FFA members to complete their projects. They are exploring virtual livestock shows and weighing the advantages of potentially wider audiences by using technology.

The Commissioners voted unanimously to limit the fair, but at the same time move forward with the 4-H and FFA shows and the Junior Livestock Sale. In a joint statement, they said, “This is a sad day when we cannot have a full County Fair. This event is part of our heritage and important to so many families. It hits home and makes us realize the effects of COVID-19. We are committed to making the best of an unusual and challenging situation. Continuing with the 4-H and FFA events will be important for the youth members to be able to complete their projects. We are disappointed that the Fair will need to look so different this year, but we are hopeful in 2021 we can get back to normal with all the Fair activities.

The Routt County Fair has been operating for 106 years, and has only been cancelled 3 times in its history – in 1932, 1933 and 1934 due to lack of funding during the Great Depression.

For questions, concerns, thoughts, or something to contribute, please contact the Fair Office via email (info@routtcountyfair.org ) or phone (970) 276-3068.

Please watch the Routt County Fair and Fairgrounds Facebook page and website for updates as they become available.

Contact: Routt County Fair Advisory Board
398 South Poplar Street
P.O. Box 1000
Hayden, CO 81639
(970) 276-3068 (P) ~ (970) 816-9568 (M)
info@routtcountyfair.org ~ www.routtcountyfair.org ~

Steamboat Springs COVID19 Community Testing

Steamboat Springs Community Testing Days

What:
Drive-thru Community Testing by Appointment
Who:
Symptomatic residents and/or contacts of residents suspected or known to have contracted the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 7 days may schedule an appointment Symptoms include: fever, cough, muscle pain, sore throat, chills, shaking with chills, headache, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, recent loss of taste or smell, and body aches
Where:
Concession Stand at Rodeo Grounds
When:
Wednesdays and Saturdays during the month of May, 2020
• May 6 & 9
• May 13 & 16
• May 20 & 23
• May 27 & 30
How:
To make an appointment, call 970-870-5577 for the required screening!

TESTING IS FREE OF CHARGE – NO INSURANCE IS REQUIRED
ROUTT COUNTY WILL INCUR ALL COSTS OF TESTING

SPECIAL NOTES FOR TEST DAYS

• By Appointment ONLY
• NO walk-ups allowed
• DO NOT show up early

COMMUNITY TESTING ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COMMUNITY TESTING ADVISORY – April 26, 2020

Hayden Community Test Day

What:Drive-thru Community Testing by Appointment
Who:If you have experienced symptoms within the last seven (7) days of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, and/or body aches.
Where:Routt County Fairgrounds – 398 South Poplar Street, Hayden, CO
When:Thursday, April 30 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How:To make an appointment, call 970-870-5577 for the required screening!

North Routt Community Test Day

What:Community Testing by Appointment
Who:If you have experienced symptoms within the last seven (7) days of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, and/or body aches.
Where:Charter School – 26990 Eagle Lane, Clark, CO
When:Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How:To make an appointment, call 970-870-5577 for the required screening!

SPECIAL NOTES FOR TEST DAYS

  • By Appointment ONLY
  • NO walk-ups allowed
  • DO NOT show up early

Routt County Joint Information Center Community Outreach Message

Greetings from the Routt County Joint Information Center! We are always looking for ways to get information to the public and appreciate your help in spreading our messages. Instead of sending numerous emails today, we thought we would try something different. Let us know what you think and if you like the format.

Topline News of the Day – April 22

• Routt County Commissioners decided to extend the Routt County Lodging Restrictions to May 31.
• Routt County Commissioners decided to let the current Public Gatherings limited to five expire on Friday, April 24 and align with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” Order, which limits Public Gatherings to 10 people.
• Routt County’s Public Health Order for Site Mitigation is still in effect until May 10.
• Public Health Orders can be found here: https://www.covid19routtcounty.com/public-health-orders
• Our Public Health Department just released a new Dashboard to show community health, check it out here: https://routtgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/d812b9ba764546b6aadeed0dee5f9ba2
• We streamed the Board of County Commissioners and Board of Health meetings live on Facebook and will continue to do so in the future. Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/routtcounty/
• Press releases on BCC/BOH meetings and other news can be found on our COVID19routt.com website

Guidelines for Lifting Restrictions

At the Board of Health meeting, the Public Health Department shared how they are gathering metrics for determining the health of Routt County. Some of the questions include:

• Is disease prevalence decreasing?
 14 days of decreased disease burden
 Number of hospitalizations
 Analysis of COVID-19 deaths
 Active monitoring of positive cases
• Do we have adequate testing capacity for diagnosis and contact tracing?
• Can the health care system handle a potential surge of COVID-19 cases?
• Do we have adequate Public Health staff?
• Are prevention measures for personal responsibility in place, such as social distancing, facemasks, etc.?

Returning to normal will be sped up if we have evidence-based effective treatment, evidence-based anti-body testing, a vaccine, and herd immunity.

The new “Safer at Home” State Order

On Monday, Governor Polis announced that the “Stay at Home” Order would be changed to a “Safer at Home” Order. Right now, Routt County is still waiting on details about what the Governor’s plan will entail and whether it will require guidelines or specific requirements for businesses to open. Based on what the Governor has released, here is what we know:

• Starts April 27
• Encourages people to stay at home when possible
• Older Coloradans and vulnerable populations still need to stay at home unless absolutely necessary
• Maintain distancing of 6 feet
• Folks are still strongly advised to wear face coverings in public
• Gatherings over 10 people will still be banned
• Sick people should still avoid going to work
• Everyone should still avoid unnecessary travel
• Retail – curbside delivery starting April 27, restricted opening starting May 1
• Restaurants – take out, phased in opening with reduced capacity
• Elective Medical Services/Dental – open with strict precautions to ensure adequate PPE and the ability to meet critical care needs
• Childcare Closed – open with strict precautions
• Personal services (salons, nails, barbers, personal training, etc.) – Open with strict precautions on May 1
• Non-critical offices will be able to re-open at 50% capacity with strict social distancing precautions (more shifts, etc.) starting May 4
• Large workplaces are advised to have symptoms and temperature checks
• Telecommuting should be maximized
• Real estate – House showings can begin in person, but open houses will still be prohibited
• Bars – CLOSED
• Education – CLOSED (K-12 and higher)
• Nightclubs, gyms and spas will remain CLOSED
• The Governor will give more detailed guidance later in the week

The “Safer-at-Home” phase is NOT:

• A free-for-all
• An opportunity to leave the house as much as possible and spread the virus to others
• An excuse to not wear a facial covering or begin giving hugs or handshakes
• Going to the mountains to spend the weekend
• Conducting unnecessary travel
• Having parties or get-togethers
• Playing in pick up sports games

In the coming days, further guidance will be provided to a variety of affected industries including retail, offices, elective medical and dental services, child-care, education, personal services, and real estate.

Census

We continue to ask you to encourage participation in the Census. We are lagging behind the rest of the state; the average response rate in Colorado is 55.2% and Routt County is 23.9%. If we don’t get an accurate count, we won’t get our fair share of federal tax dollars. Go to https://2020census.gov/ to make Routt count!

Thank you for partnering with us to share information about COVID-19 with our community. As always, please feel free to reach out to our call line at 970-871-8444, check out covid19routtcounty.com, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and reach out with comments and concerns.

Respectfully,
The JIC Team
Robin Schepper
Cheryl Dalton
Deanna Sanchez

Routt County COVID-19 Testing Statistics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Routt County COVID-19 Testing Statistics

Routt County COVID-19 Testing Statistics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Routt County COVID-19 Testing Statistics

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – April 14, 2020 — Routt County Department of Public Health reports the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Routt County is 43, which includes seven cases identified through contact tracing.

Routt County COVID-19 Testing Statistics

April 13, 2020 Update         Total                       Comments
Tests Administered:            569              384 by Public Health
Negative Tests:                     420
Confirmed cases:                43
• COVID-19                              36
• Probable                               7                   Through contact tracing by Public Health
Active Cases:                         13
Recovered:                             29                 Recovered means no fever and no other symptoms
Deaths:                                    1
Dashboard                                                   https://www.covid19routtcounty.com/impact-monitor Dashboard is updated every day at 10:30 a.m.

Reminder…
The Routt County Public Health Department will be conducting community testing by screening appointment at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

What:
Drive-thru Community Testing by Appointment
Who:
If you have experienced symptoms within the last seven (7) days of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, and/or body aches.
Where:
Howelsen Hill Parking Lot
When:
Wednesday, April 15 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
How:
Get screened first by calling 970-870-5577
For a Wednesday appointment, call Tuesday, April 14 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
For a Saturday appointment, call Thursday, April 16 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Click Here MEDIA RELEASE… Routt County COVID-19 Testing Statistics – 04-14-2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on COVID-19
(Novel Coronavirus)

Updated: April 13, 2020

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Should I be wearing a facemask to protect myself?
• The Routt County Public Health Order requires you to wear a facemask in public locations such as grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, etc. Employees and customers are required to wear facemasks.
• Wearing a mask is primarily intended to protect others. We know that many people may be carriers of the virus and shedding it without knowing it. Wearing the mask can help individuals who are asymptomatic from shedding the disease to others.
• In addition to the Public Health Order of wearing facemasks in a public setting, it is recommended to wear a facemask whenever you are outside and have the potential of being near people within six feet.
• Implementing current protections are still necessary, including keeping a physical distance of six feet and staying at home.
• Procuring masks for the general public should not compete with the need for N-95 masks for medical personnel, first responders, and law enforcement.
• Wearing a mask is most critical at locations where individuals will be in the same area with people outside their household, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, etc.
• The Routt County Public Health Order requires you to wear a facemask in public locations such as grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, etc. Employees and customers are required to wear facemasks.
• Wearing a mask is primarily intended to protect others. We know that many people may be carriers of the virus and shedding it without knowing it. Wearing the mask can help individuals who are asymptomatic from shedding the disease to others.
• In addition to the Public Health Order of wearing facemasks in a public setting, it is recommended to wear a facemask whenever you are outside and have the potential of being near people within six feet.
• Implementing current protections are still necessary, including keeping a physical distance of six feet and staying at home.
• Procuring masks for the general public should not compete with the need for N-95 masks for medical personnel, first responders, and law enforcement.
• Wearing a mask is most critical at locations where individuals will be in the same area with people outside their household, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, etc.

How do I find out about positive cases and testing in Routt County?
You can track the number of tests taken, positive results and other information on the www.covid19routtcounty.com website. There is also a symptom survey that you can participate in to help our local Public Health Department, https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/218390363b6d49fa86280ab20085ee4c

What happens if you have symptoms?
If you have any symptoms – even mild ones – the Department of Public Health urges you to stay home and isolate yourself until:
• You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine); AND
• Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved; AND
• At least seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
• Anyone in your household you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.
• If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the 911 dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.

What happens if I have come in direct contact with someone who has tested positive? What should I do?
It is recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days. If you develop symptoms call your healthcare provider. If you don’t have symptoms, self-isolate but there is no need to call healthcare provider (please don’t overwhelm them).

What should individuals be doing right now?
Obey the State and Routt County Public Health Orders. Stay home and limit contact with others through physical distancing, stay informed from reputable resources, remain calm, and don’t forget about your mental health. Check on neighbors, family and friends with a quick call and through digital options.

Why don’t we have enough tests? Who gets tested?
We all agree one of the challenges has been access to testing. We all want more tests available. Based on current supplies we are testing the highest at-risk patients, first responders, medical providers, law enforcement and those who are immune comprised. If you have experienced symptoms within the last seven days of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, and/or body aches, contact your health care provider to be screened for a test. Tests now take 24-36 hours to process.
• Our public health and emergency operations staff are working on identifying all possible sources for testing.
• This is a nationwide issue, not a local one, and Public Health will continue to do what they can to procure tests.
• As of April 13, Public Health was able to procure 100 tests from CDPHE. Public Health has also bought the components for testing kits to augment testing capacity.
• The larger issue with testing is that it is a snapshot in time. You could be negative today and positive tomorrow. The other issue is that there is no treatment nor is there a vaccine.
• There has been discussion of an anti-body test. CDPHE is not currently supporting this methodology because of a lack of evidence as well as false positives and false negatives associated with this testing. That may change in the future but that is the current position. Serology tests are not necessarily helpful for diagnosing active infection, but can tell if someone has been previously infected. Public Health still needs studies to confirm how long infection infers lasting immunity to another infection.

If I can’t get tested, what should I do?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are suggested measures from the CDC that can prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
• Practice physical distancing of six feet or more.
• Wear a facemask in public places
• Follow guidelines on travel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick and keep your children at home when they are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe or using an EPA-approved cleaning product.
• It is important to call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room to prevent the spread of illness. Tell them your symptoms and that you suspect you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or had recent travel to a country that is experiencing community spread.

Do we have enough hospital beds?
Communities across the world have taken drastic measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down almost every form of public gathering, from schools to restaurants to church services. Among the primary reasons for these limitations is the fact that hospitals do not have the resources to treat the influx of patients who could become infected if such activities continue unabated. Locally, UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center is a 39-bed hospital. The hospital has visitor restrictions in place to keep its patients, staff and physicians as safe and healthy as possible. The public should prioritize using other health resources, such as self-quarantining or consulting their primary care physician. Those without a primary care physician can schedule a virtual urgent care appointment online. The community’s health professionals have plans in place to address growth and if additional resources are required.

What happens if we have a surge in Routt County? Are we prepared? Our Routt County Emergency Operations Center is addressing this concern. UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has a medical surge plan to include their Steamboat Springs facility, as well as UCHealth statewide. Additionally, the Emergency Operations Center has identified and is preparing the Ice Rink and the Community Center as locations for Tier 3 and 4 patients, those who will not need the same level of medical care as the hospital but still need monitoring and some care like oxygen and IVs.

Why are officials not releasing exact locations where infected people visited?
According to Public Health guidelines and to protect privacy, names and locations are not released. Health officials determined it is unlikely that releasing those locations would help. Medical experts believe the virus cannot survive on a surface for more than three days and typically do not receive information about the places where patients may have been until after the three-day window had passed. It appears that close proximity contact is more relevant than simply knowing a location.

Who is working to contain this virus?
The Routt County Emergency Operations Center is working together with state organizations such as Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), the Governor’s office and state agencies, as well as national entities like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, all local agencies from North Routt to South Routt, West Routt and Hayden, and those throughout the city and county, both public and private, are working to help the community get through this situation.

Are there enough food and supplies in supermarkets?
While stores may be out of stock on some products (like toilet paper and cleaning supplies), stores express confidence that items are being replenishment. The biggest driver of the out-of-stocks on shelves is that people are over-purchasing. It would help our entire community if people would follow the recommendation to purchase just what you need for 5-7 days, less if you can shop on a more frequent basis. In addition, many stores have adjusted hours for restocking and cleaning as well as established specific hours for vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries.

What is happening to all the businesses that have closed?
Our community has come together to support local outlets, and the Chamber, Colorado Work Force Center, Social Services, and Human Services are working to share resources, assisting those who need aid and relaying information about programs. While the business environment will continue to change over the next weeks and months, we must all adapt to these instabilities and most importantly, look out for each other.

What happens if we have an outbreak? How are we prepared?
Our Routt County Emergency Operations Center, which brings all local emergency resources together, has been administering the local resource for the past several weeks. This includes first responders to public health and city and county departments required to help deal with the response. Our goal is making our community as safe as possible and working together to slow the spread of the virus.

What is the Public Health Department doing?
Prior to any COVID-19 cases in Colorado, the Routt County Public Health Department was distributing cleaning and prevention guidance to community partners, the airport, healthcare providers in the community, businesses, schools, skilled nursing/assisted nursing facilities, and other vulnerable populations. The Public Health Department has ramped up and hired more staff to address this pandemic. Public Health is issuing quarantine and isolation orders and conducting contact tracings on COVID-19 positive cases and has been communicating health alerts to all healthcare providers with updated recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Check out the Routt County COVID-19 website: www.covid19routtcounty.com.

Routt County Fire Restrictions under Consideration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Routt County Fire Restrictions under Consideration

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – April 10, 2020 — In a conference call this week, all the Fire Protection Districts in Routt County voiced their concerned about the ability to respond effectively to wildland fires and out-of-control agriculture or open burns. Conversations are currently taking place at the state and local level considering increasing levels of fire restrictions. Just this week, the U.S. Forest Service issued bans on recreational fires on all National Forest public lands. At present, established guidelines for fire burns are still in effect and will be enforced by local law enforcement.

“As we enter into our spring and summer seasons, our agriculture communities will understandably want to conduct controlled agriculture burns critical to their ability to produce crops for people and livestock alike. However, we ask the community to consider how stressed local county and municipal government resources are at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have guidelines already in place that need to be followed. When they are not, we will issue fines and or citations. If the current guidelines are not enough, we will consider enacting more restrictions on controlled burns,” said Sheriff Wiggins, who also serves as the County Fire Warden.

Routt County officials are additionally sensitive to people with respiratory and other health related issues that are exacerbated due to poor air quality and smoky conditions. Recent studies have also shown a link between how increased air pollution negatively affects COVID-19 patients. At this time, while environmental conditions are favorable, there is agreement to allow ONLY agriculture and open burns essential to the following:

  1. Ditch burning in conjunction with irrigation, weed control and production of crops.
  2. Reduction of currently permitted slash piles to assist in wildland fire mitigations plans.
  3. Permitted open burns approved by the local fire chief or their designee.

The U.S. Forest Service has issued Fire Bans including recreational fires on all National Forest lands. In an attempt to reduce confusion, Routt County officials support restricting recreational fires.

Routt County currently requires all open burns to be permitted. To inquire about or obtain a permit call your local fire district or go to https://www.covid19routtcounty.com/environmental-health-department

North Routt Fire Protection District
Mike Swinsick – District Fire Chief
(970) 879-6064

West Routt Fire Protection District
Dal Leck – District Fire Chief
(970) 276-3511

Oak Creek Fire Protection District
Chuck Wisecup – District Fire Chief
(970) 736-8104 – (970) 846-5121

Yampa Fire Protection District
Machia ‘Ky’ Cox – District Fire Chief
(970) 638-4227

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue
Chuck Cerasoli – Interim Fire Chief
(970) 879-7170

DO NOT do any of the following:

• Intentionally start an open burn without a signed permit. Violators will be issued a citation with fines ranging from $500 up to $1,500 for violations under state statute C.R.S 25-7-123.
• Start an agriculture burn/controlled burn without first calling Routt County Communications and advising that you are conducting and Ag burn. Please provide the time and location prior to starting the burn.
• Start any type of burn unless conditions are safe and personal resources are readily available to attack fires that may become out of control, even if you have a permit. Know your limitations!
• Violate any current fire restriction in place. If you have a question, call your fire district.

Before starting a fire, you should understand:

• Firefighting resources may not be able to respond to your aid and you may be solely responsible for extinguishing the fire and any associated liability.
• Out-of-control fires may result in criminal charges if the fire moves onto the private property others.
• You can be civilly and criminally responsible for out of control fires due to negligence or unsafe burning practices.

Officials will continue to closely monitor our fire and environmental conditions and make fire restriction decisions using an abundance of caution and best practices.

If calls for wildland fires or out-of-control agriculture and open burns become an increasing concern for public safety, stricter fire restrictions will occur! It is everyone’s responsibility to use extreme caution when using fire as tool. When it is necessary to conduct an open or agriculture burn, please use all safety precautions with due regard to current weather conditions.

D 2020 017 EXECUTIVE ORDER

D 2020 017
EXECUTIVE ORDER
Ordering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State

Link to Full Press Release

This executive order means Coloradans should not leave their homes except for critical activities including: 

  • Obtaining food and other household goods including medicine, alcohol and cannabis products
  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for dependents or pets
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  • Participating in outdoor recreation in your area at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

You can read the full order here
You can read the FAQ here
You can read the public health order here
And you can watch the press conference where I announced the order here