Colorado has extended its statewide fire ban for an additional 30 days as flames continue to tear through parts of the state.
The Fire Ban Executive Order, ordering the temporary suspension of the statute concerning bans on open burning, now last until at least Wednesday, October 7th.
Gov. Jared Polis first issued the ban on August 18, prohibiting all open burning and fireworks. During the ban, grills and camp stoves are still allowed.
According to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control, the extension comes with the "continued fire risk in the state and the continued strain on government resources due to COVID-19."
Summer wildfires have burned through more than 280,000 acres in Colorado this year as firefighters continue to battle several large blazes raging across the mountainous state.
The Pine Gulch Fire, burning north of Grand Junction, is the largest wildfire in Colorado state history. The 139,007-acre blaze has been raging since July 31st. Recent cooler weather has assisted crews with reaching 95% containment.
The Cameron Peak Fire, burning west of Fort Collins, is sized at 102,596 acres with 4% contained. The cause of the fire, which started on August 13th, remains unknown.
The Grizzly Creek Fire, burning one mile east of Glenwood Springs, started in the canyon east of Glenwood Springs on August 10th. Flames from the 32,431-acre blaze, now 91% contained, shut down a portion of I-70 between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum for two weeks. The wildfire also came dangerously close approaching Hanging Lake.
The Williams Fork Fire, burning near Hot Sulphur Springs, is sized at 12,157 acres. As of Friday, containment is at 10%.
The Middle Fork Fire, burning 10 miles north of Steamboat Springs, broke out on September 6th. The lightning-caused blaze is located in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, requiring several miles of hiking in rough terrain.