Montezuma County enacts fire ban after Towaoc blaze

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Montezuma County enacts fire ban after Towaoc blaze

U.S. Highway 160 shut down to traffic during blaze
An incident command center was set up Saturday at U.S. Highway 160 and County Road A for a brush fire near Towaoc.
Smoke rises from a brush fire near U.S. Highway 160 on Saturday afternoon.
Flames rise near Towaoc on Saturday afternoon.
Flames and smoke are still visible from the Ute Mountain Casino after a brush fire is contained Saturday night.
Smoke continues to drift near U.S. Highway 160 after a brush fire near Towaoc was contained Saturday night.
County enacts fire ban

The Montezuma County commissioners have issued a countywide fire ban effective April 16.
The resolution for the ban was enacted at Monday’s commissioners meeting on the recommendation of county Sheriff Steve Nowlin. He reported that local fire chiefs also agreed that the ban was needed.
Beginning April 16, no open fires or use of fireworks will be allowed in unincorporated Montezuma County.
Drought conditions and a series of recent brush fires triggered the ban, officials said.
The resolution states evidence shows “the danger of forest and grass fires is high” and that the ban is needed to “protect the public health, safety and welfare.”
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Montezuma County enacts fire ban after Towaoc blaze

An incident command center was set up Saturday at U.S. Highway 160 and County Road A for a brush fire near Towaoc.
Smoke rises from a brush fire near U.S. Highway 160 on Saturday afternoon.
Flames rise near Towaoc on Saturday afternoon.
Flames and smoke are still visible from the Ute Mountain Casino after a brush fire is contained Saturday night.
Smoke continues to drift near U.S. Highway 160 after a brush fire near Towaoc was contained Saturday night.
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