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Colorado Officials Urge Caution With Fire This Weekend

Greg Morgan
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As crews continue to battle more than a dozen wildfires in Colorado, many cities, counties and federal agencies are ordering fire restrictions.

The limits have been implemented in a number of state parks, including in Boulder, Adams, Arapahoe and Park counties. Larimer County has adopted fire restrictions for unincorporated areas prohibiting open camp or cooking fires.

Stage 1 restrictions are also in place for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.

"Which means you can only have a camp fire in a designated campground," says forest service spokeswoman ReghanCloudman. "That means one of the places that you go and pay a fee in order to camp there, and have a designated location."

Cloudman says camp stoves are permitted as long as they have an on-off switch.

"We just really encourage people to be careful with fires that you’re allowed to have, don’t have fires you’re not supposed to, and just use common sense," she adds.

Forecasters expect the weather to remain hot and dry through the Independence Day weekend. 

See an interactive map of fire restrictions here.

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