CDPHE: MLS to return to DICK’S Sporting Goods Park

Colorado Rapids approved for fans when phase 2 of MLS resumes this fall

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today announced the approval of the Colorado Rapid’s plan to host games with fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park during phase 2 of the Major League Soccer schedule. That schedule has yet to be released to the public.

State officials noted the plan put forth by the Colorado Rapids and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park officials was well thought out and mirrors the outdoor events guidance required of other outdoor venues. 

As described in the plan, ticketed fans will be limited to 1,165 people, which equates to approximately 6% of stadium capacity. Groups of fans no larger than 175 people will use designated entrances and exits, be seated together in a defined section, and have access to services such as concessions and restrooms

designated for that group. In addition, masks will be required by everyone in attendance.  

The state is piloting this approach with a limited number of outdoor venues and will study the impact closely to determine future policy steps.

The approval letter is posted on the website

CDPHE: MLS to return to DICK’S Sporting Goods Park

CDOT: Preparing travelers for Glenwood Canyon – fall 2020

I-70 in Glenwood Canyon
Motorists should prepare for reduced speeds, no stopping in the canyon and safety closures due to debris flow and other weather-related events. CDOT also urges travelers to stay focused on the road and avoid distracted driving. If there is moderate, heavy or extreme rain in Glenwood Canyon over the Grizzly Creek burn scar, it is very likely there will be a debris flow, mudslides or rockfall. In order to maintain safety on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, CDOT has a plan in place for protecting the traveling public when there could be a debris flow, mudslides or rockfall.

Safety closures
If there is a flash flood watch for the Grizzly Creek burn scar, CDOT will have personnel and equipment on standby in preparation for a closure. If there is a flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek burn scar, CDOT will close I-70 in Glenwood Canyon from Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to 133 (Dotsero). All traffic will be affected and CDOT will immediately evacuate travelers from the canyon . During the closure, CDOT will monitor the roadway for debris flow, mudslides and rockfall. Personnel and
equipment will be ready to clear the road of debris and assess damage before reopening. CDOT will reopen I-70 in Glenwood Canyon once we’ve confirmed it is safe for the traveling public.

Note: A flash flood advisory is the step between a watch and a warning. In the event of a flash flood advisory , CDOT will be on standby in the same way as during a flash flood watch.

How to plan ahead
Motorists who are planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay close attention to weather forecasts. If there is rain in the forecast, be prepared for a closure on I-70 in the canyon. CDOT recommends picking an alternate route in case the canyon closes . Please refer to www.COtrip.org for the latest road conditions and route options. Motorists should be wary of using GPS navigation apps for searching alternate routes, since not all platforms provide up-to-date information. Travelers should avoid
using county or forest roads as alternate routes, as road conditions may not be favorable. CDOT also recommends that travelers bring an emergency kit, with water, snacks, a flashlight and a blanket, as mountain conditions often change suddenly in the fall season.

Driving in the canyon
Travelers are not allowed to stop in Glenwood Canyon while traveling on I-70. This is to protect the traveling public from debris flows, mudslides or rockfall in the canyon. In order to clear the canyon as quickly as possible during a closure, it is important for travelers to be in their vehicles while in the canyon. CDOT is working closely with Garfield and Eagle counties to prevent emergency search and rescue missions during a debris flow or other impacts. By keeping travelers in their cars and moving, we can better prevent search and rescue missions.

Rest areas
Rest areas in Glenwood Canyon are closed, in order to keep travelers on the road while in Glenwood Canyon (see paragraph above titled “Driving in the canyon”). Also, rest areas are located in areas that are more vulnerable to these events. CDOT will continue to monitor and assess safety in those locations. Rest areas may not reopen in 2020.

Bike path
The Glenwood Canyon bike path is closed to all users, in order to keep travelers on the road while in Glenwood Canyon (see paragraph above titled “Driving in the canyon”). The bike path will remain closed through the end of 2020, also due to damage that needs to be repaired before it can be safely reopened.

CO 82 Independence Pass
A popular alternate route is Colorado Highway 82 over Independence Pass. This is not a recommended detour due to restrictions and traffic impacts in September and October due to rockfall mitigation work. The pass is open to passenger vehicles only (cars, vans, SUVs). No commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), camper trailers, recreational or similar vehicles will be allowed and a 35-foot length restriction continues to be in place (year round).

Independence Pass shows as closed on navigation apps in order to prevent commercial traffic from being routed over the pass. All road conditions and closures are posted in real time at COtrip.org. Motorists should expect slow speeds, lengthy travel times and potential delays of up to two hours. Due to rockfall mitigation work, there will be daytime, weekday lane closures
with alternating traffic between mile points 59 to 62.

There will be a few days of full closures of CO 82 on Independence Pass in late September and early to mid-October, due to rockfall mitigation. Travelers should be aware that Independence Pass on Colorado Highway 82 is subject to closures due to inclement weather and is closed in the winter.

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Preparando a los viajeros para Glenwood Canyon (Otoño 2020)

I-70 en Glenwood Canyon
Los conductores deben prepararse para velocidades reducidas, no detener su automóvil en el cañón y cierres de seguridad debido al flujo de escombros y otros eventos relacionados con el clima. CDOT pide a los viajeros que se mantengan concentrados en la carretera y eviten manejar con distracciones. Si hay lluvias moderadas, fuertes o extremas en el Glenwood Canyon sobre el área quemada de Grizzly Creek, es probable que haya un flujo de escombros, deslizamientos de lodo o desprendimientos de rocas. Para mantener la seguridad en la carretera interestatal I-70 en Glenwood Canyon, el CDOT tiene planes para proteger a los conductores cuando podría haber un flujo de escombros, deslizamientos de lodo o desprendimientos de rocas.

Cierres por seguridad
Si hay una alerta de avenida torrencial para el área quemada de Grizzly Creek, el CDOT tendrá trabajadores y equipo en espera en preparación para un cierre. Si hay una alerta de avenida torrencial para el área quemada de Grizzly Creek, el CDOT cerrará la Interestatal 70 (I-70) en Glenwood Canyon desde la salida 116 (la ciudad de Glenwood Springs) a la 133 (la ciudad de Dotsero). Todo el tráfico se verá afectado y el CDOT evacuará inmediatamente a los conductores del cañón. Durante el cierre, el CDOT continúa monitoreando la carretera en busca de flujo de escombros,
deslizamientos de lodo y desprendimientos de rocas. Los trabajadores y el equipo estarán listos para limpiar el camino de escombros y evaluar los daños antes de reabrir. El CDOT reabrirá la I-70 en Glenwood Canyon una vez que hayamos confirmado que es seguro para el público viajero.

Nota: Una alerta de avenida torrencial es lo que sucede entre una Vigilancia y una Advertencia. En caso de un alerta de avenida torrencial , el CDOT estará en espera de la misma manera que durante una vigilancia de avenida torrencial.

Cómo planificar
Los conductores que planean viajar por la I-70 en Glenwood Canyon deben monitorear las previsiones meteorológicas. Si se pronostica lluvia, prepárese para un cierre en la I-70 en el cañón. CDOT recomienda elegir una ruta alternativa si el cañón se cierra. Consulte el sitio web COtrip.org para conocer las condiciones más recientes en la carretera y las opciones de desvío.

Los conductores deben tener cuidado con el uso de aplicaciones de navegación GPS para buscar rutas alternativas, ya que no siempre tienen información actualizada. Los viajeros deben evitar usar las carreteras del condado o las carreteras forestales como rutas alternativas. Es posible que las condiciones de la carretera no sean las correctas. El CDOT también recomienda que los conductores traigan un equipo de emergencia, con agua, bocadillos, una linterna y una manta, porque las condiciones
de la montaña pueden cambiar repentinamente en la temporada de otoño.

Manejando en el cañón
Los conductores no pueden detenerse en Glenwood Canyon mientras viajan por la carretera interestatal de I-70. Esto es para proteger a los viajeros de los flujos de escombros, deslizamientos de lodo o desprendimientos de rocas en el cañón. Para despejar el cañón rápidamente durante un cierre, es importante que los viajeros permanezcan en sus vehículos mientras están en el cañón. El CDOT está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con el Condado de Garfield y el Condado de Eagle para evitar misiones de búsqueda y rescate de emergencia durante un flujo de escombros u otros
impactos. Al mantener a los viajeros en sus carros y en movimiento, podemos prevenir mejor las misiones de búsqueda y rescate.

Área de descanso
Las áreas de descanso en el Glenwood Canyon están cerradas para mantener a los conductores en la carretera mientras se encuentran en Glenwood Canyon (consulte el párrafo anterior titulado “Manejando en el cañón”). Además, las áreas de descanso se ubican en áreas más vulnerables a estos eventos. El CDOT continuará monitoreando y evaluando la seguridad en esos lugares. Es posible que las áreas de descanso no vuelvan a abrir en 2020.

Carril para Bicicletas
El carril para bicicletas en Glenwood Canyon está cerrado para todos, con el fin de mantener a los conductores en la carretera mientras se encuentran en Glenwood Canyon (consulte el párrafo anterior titulado “Manejando en el cañón”). Este carril para bicicletas permanecerá cerrado hasta 2020, también debido a daños que deben repararse antes de que pueda reabrirse de manera segura.

Autopista CO 82 sobre Independence Pass
Una ruta alternativa popular es la autopista CO 82 sobre Independence Pass. Este no es un desvío recomendado debido a restricciones y impactos de tráfico en Septiembre y Octubre debido a trabajos de mitigación de desprendimiento de rocas. El pase está disponible solo para vehículos de pasajeros (carros, camionetas, SUV). No se permitirán vehículos comerciales de motor (CMV), caravanas o vehículos recreativos. Existe una restricción de longitud de 35 pies (todo el año). Independence Pass está cerrado en las aplicaciones de navegación GPS para evitar que los vehículos comerciales utilicen el pase. Todas las condiciones y cierres de carreteras se publican en tiempo real en el sitio web COtrip.org.

Los conductores esperan velocidades lentas, tiempos de viaje prolongados y retrasos de hasta dos horas. Debido al trabajo de mitigación de desprendimiento de rocas, habrá cierres de carriles durante el día entre semana con tráfico alterno entre los puntos de milla 59 y 62.

Habrá cierres completos de la autopista CO 82 en Independence Pass a finales de Septiembre y de principios a mediados de Octubre, debido a la mitigación de desprendimientos de rocas . Los conductores deben tener en cuenta que Independence Pass en la autopista CO 82 está sujeto a cierres debido a las inclemencias del tiempo y está cerrado en invierno.

CDOT: Preparing travelers for Glenwood Canyon – fall 2020

BLM: Mixed bag of Stage 1 and 2 fire restrictions in northwest Colorado

SILT, Colo. – As a result of recent cooler weather and increased moisture, the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office and the Eagle County portion of the Kremmling Field Office, along with Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties will revert from Stage 2 to Stage 1 fire restrictions on Friday September 18.
“As fire restrictions are scaled back to Stage 1, public land visitors are asked to be cautious with fires in places where they are allowed,” said Colorado River Valley Field Manager Larry Sandoval.

“Large fires in Colorado and across the West are still impacting availability of firefighting resources, so we urge everyone to do their part to prevent human-caused fires. Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit the following acts:
• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within approved fire grates at developed recreation sites.
• Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of flammable materials.
• Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved, working spark arrestor and properly installed, a chemical fire extinguisher of at least 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
• Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical fire extinguisher of at least 8 ounces capacity.
• Using exploding targets.

Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Summit counties, along with BLM’s White River, Little Snake, and Kremmling Field Offices in those counties, will remain in Stage 2 fire restrictions. The need for and level of fire restrictions are evaluated each week. Decisions are based on local conditions, including recent and predicted weather, drought, occurrence of human-caused fires, fuel moisture, likelihood of ignition, and whether existing fires are currently affecting availability of wildland firefighting resources.

BLM fire restriction orders and maps of restriction areas are available at Northwest District Fire Restrictions page. General information about fire restrictions throughout Colorado is available at http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.

Fire restrictions will be in place until further notice. In addition to criminal penalties, those found responsible for starting wildfires may also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

BLM: Mixed bag of Stage 1 and 2 fire restrictions in northwest Colorado

Gov. Polis takes action on statewide fires

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order and extension memorializing his verbal disaster declaration on August 18, 2020, due to multiple fires statewide and authorizing the use of the Colorado National Guard to support firefighting operations throughout the state.

The executive orders also authorize the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to temporarily suspend certain regulations, certifications, and licensing requirements for out-of-state providers of emergency medical services and physician medical directors to provide support for fire response in Colorado.  

Gov. Polis takes action on statewide fires

Fire restrictions in Garfield County reduced to stage 1

STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Garfield County, CO – The Garfield County Sheriff, and the seven Fire Districts in Garfield County as well as BLM are moving from Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2020. This applies to all of unincorporated Garfield County.

It was announced yesterday that Forest Service Lands in Garfield County will also reduce their fire restrictions to Stage 1 at the same time.
Fire danger is still high throughout Garfield County, but the recent cooler temperatures and moisture have allowed for a re-evaluation of the restrictions. Local, county, state and federal officials in the area will continue to evaluate and coordinate fire restrictions weekly during the fire season.

WHAT STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS MEAN IN GARFIELD COUNTY
• Fireworks are not allowed under Stage I Fire Restrictions. Professional fireworks shows may be allowed through the permitting process.
• All burn permits are postponed/Canceled until further notice.
• Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in Developed Areas (i.e. a permanent in-ground containment structure or store bought fire pit) A temporary fire pan and rock campfire rings will not be acceptable.
• No fires of any type including charcoal in Undeveloped Areas.
107 Eighth Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, 970-945-0453 or 970-945-6430 (fax), www.garcosheriff.com .
• No smoking except within a designated area, enclosed vehicle or building, a developed area or in an area free of combustibles.
• No use of fireworks or explosive materials, including “exploding” targets or bullets and tracer rounds.
• Exercise common sense and industry safety practice when welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame always cleared safe area of vegetation and combustibles.

Penalties
Causing a fire during fire restrictions can be a class 6 felony and can be punishable by fines. Other possible charges include Fourth Degree Arson (M2) and Intentionally Setting a Wildfire (F3). You may also be held financially responsible for damage caused.

Federal lands
The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices, including exploding targets, are always prohibited on Federal lands.

By definition:
A “developed area” is an area, whether within city limits or rural, that is groomed, manicured and or watered, where grasses, brush and trees are regularly attended to by land owner. This includes residential and business areas, improved recreational areas, parks and other common areas.

“Undeveloped areas” are lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered, where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes green belts that are not landscaped or
manicured, open space lands, non-manicured park lands, and other areas where the fire hazard presented by the vegetation is determined by the authority having jurisdiction or designee to be an undue wildland fire hazard.

Fire restrictions in Garfield County reduced to stage 1

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats 9/17/2020:
Specimens collected thru Valley View:  8,516
Positive results: 437
Pending results:  87
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 67
Admitted patients discharged: 58
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing. 

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 17, 2020

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/17/2020:

Number of individuals tested: 3,175
Positive results: 190
Pending results: 35
New positives since 9/15/20: 1
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 10
Patients transferred: 4
Patients discharged: 6

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

All clinic services,  hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 17, 2020

State of Colorado releases guidance for organized sports

Organized youth recreational and adult amateur leagues, club sports, interscholastic, and other organization-sponsored athletics sports must adhere to state and local orders. 

Sept. 16, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today released guidance for organized sports including organized youth recreational and adult amateur leagues, club sports, interscholastic, and other organization-sponsored athletics. The guidance includes information for each phase of the State’s new dial framework, released yesterday and addresses key topics like facility considerations, spectators, as well as tournaments, transportation, and travel. 

Participating in sports, in any capacity during this pandemic, holds an inherent risk of possible infection for participants and risk of transmission to other individuals, such as their household members. Stakeholders must consider the risks and benefits of participation in their plans for resuming organized sports.

Adherence to public health guidelines is essential to minimize risk and disruptions to athletic activities. In addition, The risk of COVID-19 spread can be different depending on the type of activity which is based on:

  • Number of people a player or coach interacts with;
  • Type of physical interaction;
  • Length of time of the close interaction;
  • Sharing of equipment across multiple players;
  • Environment of play (e.g. indoors, outdoors); and
  • Layers of protection that are in place, including:
  • face coverings, 
  • physical distancing, 
  • hand hygiene, 
  • cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, etc. 

Physical exertion, including sports, involves forced exhalation, which may increase the risk of transmission, similar to that seen in singing or playing certain musical instruments. Therefore,increased physical distancing of participants and spectators beyond a minimum of 6 feet is reasonable. Infection control measures applied collectively, such as screening, physical distancing of coaches and spectators, hand hygiene, and facial coverings where appropriate are especially important given that many sports involve close contact of individuals at various times during training or competition.

Teams that desire to practice and compete without disruption are strongly advised to take these recommendations seriously. Athletes, teams, and organizations should hold each other accountable to follow guidelines and ensure compliance with infection control measures during and beyond play. Behaviors and decisions of participants outside the sports setting may impact the ability of the entire team to participate in training or competition if a single athlete or coach becomes exposed or ill. 

These guidelines can be applied to other settings where physical activity and forced exhalation occur, and parks and recreation staff (or their equivalent) and state sporting governing bodies are encouraged to enforce these guidelines. 

Sports settings such as professional or collegiate entities should adhere to the specific guidelines for their governing body and specifications in public health orders. Sports with school age kids need to follow the school case investigation/outbreak guidance.  

The full guidance is available online.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State of Colorado releases guidance for organized sports

Governor Polis announces state has delivered more than 1 million masks to school teachers

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis announced today the State of Colorado has provided 1,112,000 medical-grade masks to public and private teachers and student facing faculty this fall in order to help keep them safe from COVID-19.

“This is a challenging time for students, parents, and teachers which is why the State committed to providing teachers with masks, and today we are thrilled to announce that the State has provided over 1 million masks to Colorado’s teachers,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I’ve visited schools across Colorado and have heard from teachers, superintendents, and educators about how they believe mask-wearing is important to keep themselves and students safe and to ensure we can overcome the challenges created by this virus together. I also want to extend my thanks to the State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Education staff members who worked tirelessly to ensure these masks were delivered to our teachers.” 

In July, Gov. Polis announced that the state would be distributing  KN95 masks to teachers each week in public schools across the state for at least 10 weeks, regardless of whether the school is starting in-person, in a hybrid manner, or remotely. The week of September 14 marked the seventh week of this program. This summer, the governor also announced it would also provide masks to private school teachers across the state.

Governor Polis announces state has delivered more than 1 million masks to school teachers

White River National Forest to reduce fire restrictions in some areas

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The White River National Forest will reduce fire restrictions to Stage 1 in the Aspen-Sopris, Eagle-Holy Cross, and Rifle ranger districts beginning Friday.

The Blanco and Dillon ranger districts will remain in Stage 2 fire restrictions at this time.

Detailed orders describing the specifics of the two types of restrictions are available at www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.  

The primary difference between the two stages for campers and recreationists on the forest is that under Stage 1, campfires and charcoal are only allowed in the designated metal grates in developed Forest Service campgrounds and picnic areas. Campfires or charcoal are not allowed anywhere on the ranger districts under Stage 2 restrictions. Propane stoves and other petroleum-fueled camping equipment are allowed under both stages. 

Officials consider several criteria when determining the need for fire restrictions, including current and anticipated fire danger, resource availability, and consistency with neighboring jurisdictions. Local, county, state and federal officials in the area evaluate and coordinate fire restrictions weekly during fire season.

“Although we have received some moisture, there is still a fire danger in western Colorado,” said White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. “We try to coordinate fire restrictions as closely as possible with counties and other neighboring agencies.”

For more information about the White River National Forest, call 970 945-2521 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.

White River National Forest to reduce fire restrictions in some areas