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Campfires, open flames ban in effect
for unincorporated areas

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office announced Level 2 fire restrictions in unincorporated Adams County June 14 due to severely dry conditions and the elevated risk for wildfires.

Level 2 restrictions prohibit all campfires and open flames in unincorporated Adams County until further notice.

Exemptions are provided for the following:

• Persons with a VALID WRITTEN PERMIT from the fire chief that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

• Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

• Any fires contained within a liquid fuel or gas stove, fireplaces within buildings, and charcoal or propane grill fires at private residences.

• A fire within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed campground.

• The burning of household trash when contained within a fireproof container sufficiently maintained to prevent escaping flame or burning material from the bottom or sides and screened sufficiently on top to prevent the release of burning material and located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter from which all flammable material has been removed

Henry to serve on Child Welfare
Prevention Steering Committee

Adams County Commissioner Eva J. Henry was recently invited by the Colorado Department of Human Services to serve on the Child Welfare Prevention Steering Committee for the State of Colorado.

The Prevention Steering Committee will serve as the decision-making body for the implementation process of three child abuse and neglect prevention programs: SafeCare, Nurse Family Partnership and Community Response Program.

SafeCare is a program for parents who are at-risk or have been reported for child maltreatment. Parents receive weekly home visits to improve skills in several areas, including home safety, health care and parent-child interaction.

The Nurse Family Partnership is a community health care program that introduces first-time parents to child health nurses.

This program allows nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life.

The Community Response Program helps at-risk families find child care, jobs counseling and other assistance.

The steering committee will consist of 18 members with six state representatives, six county representatives and six stakeholders.

The members will be divided into two workgroups: Community Response Program and SafeCare/NFP.

Meetings have not yet been scheduled; however, the committee will initially meet every two weeks for the first two months and then one day each month thereafter.