Fire Bans in Colorado Designed to Keep EMS Focused on COVID-19 Response
“The exact scenario that federal land managers aimed to prevent by enacting a fire ban this spring unfolded anyway this week when a fire broke out about 11 miles southwest of Carbondale.” -Scott Condon, The Aspen Times
Condon, S. (2020, May 7). Illegal campfire near Carbondale ignites wildfire. The Aspen Times. Retrieved From https://www.skyhinews.com/news/illegal-campfire-near-carbondale-ignites-wildfire/
Federal land managers in the state of Colorado began enacting fire bans in April this year, months earlier than usual leading into fire season. Coloradans are being asked to refrain from all outside fires including campfires and smoking. All this in response to protecting our state fire fighting resources with the current public health situations at hand. The fire bans are designed to protect firefighters from having to gather in groups at emergency scenes and keep EMS professionals focused on the coronavirus response. Yesterday, a small wildfire was discovered about eleven miles outside of the town of Carbondale in Garfield County, Colorado. The fire was determined to be caused by an unattended campfire and burned about 4 acres on federal land. This is exactly what federal land managers were concerned about when enacting fire bans throughout the state. With the lack of excitement in our lives right now, a campfire may seem like a great activity, but please consider the health and safety of our local emergency service professionals first. A potential wildfire puts them at risk for spreading the virus and distracts from the current coronavirus response.