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Fire restrictions in place for BLM lands in Colorado

CANON CITY, Colo. - The following is a news release from the Bureau of Land Management's Royal Gorge Field Office:

Effective today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Royal Gorge Field Office, begins Stage 1 fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands in Boulder, Gilpin, and Lake Counties, and begins Stage 2 fire restrictions in Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, and Pueblo Counties.

 

Stage 1 restrictions are also in effect for Jefferson County as of June 11, 2018.

These decisions are based on current fire danger and predicted weather conditions for the affected areas.

Under Stage 1 fire restrictions, the following activities are not allowed:

·         Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, any type of charcoal-fueled broiler or open fire of any type; EXCEPT in BLM-developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and only in BLM-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills.

·         Smoking, EXCEPT within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

·         Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.

Under Stage 2 fire restrictions, the following activities are not allowed:

·         Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, any type of charcoal-fueled broiler or open fire of any type (NO EXCEPTIONS).

·         Smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle or building.

·         Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.

·         Welding or operating an acetylene or other type of torch that produces an open flame capable of igniting flammable material.

·         Operating a chain saw without a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8-ounce capacity by weight, and one Size 0 or larger round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches readily available.

The following is still allowed on all BLM-managed lands:

·         Using cooking stoves, lanterns, and other appliances fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuels that are equipped with an on-off valve for the flame.

For more information about fire restrictions on other (non-BLM) lands in your area, please contact the local county sheriff’s office.


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