U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 06/27/12|
BLM Institutes Stage Two Fire Restrictions (06-27-12)
MONTROSE, Colo. – On Thursday, June 28, the Bureau of Land Management will institute Stage II fire restrictions on public lands in Delta, Gunnison, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache and San Miguel Counties and Stage I fire restrictions will go into effect in Hinsdale and San Juan Counties.
“At the beginning of the month, the county, state and federal officials determined a need for stage one fire restrictions at lower elevations due to the drought,” said Barbara Sharrow, BLM Uncompahgre field manager. “As the dry conditions persist, we are expanding fire restrictions throughout the Uncompahgre and Gunnison field offices with exemptions to allow industry operations to continue.”
Fire restrictions vary depending on the whether the land is managed by a federal agency or is privately owned. The following acts are prohibited under Stage I restrictions within the Restricted Areas:
The following acts are prohibited under Stage II restrictions within the Restricted Areas:
The use of fireworks, flares or other incendiary devices is always prohibited on federal lands.
Exemptions within Stage I and II include authorized activities any Federal, State or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty. Additionally, within Stage II exemptions include holders of valid BLM permits, leases and authorizations are allowed to conduct authorized activities, but are advised to take extra precautions to prevent fire starts (such as wetting down areas where welding is occurring, maintaining a fire extinguisher and water on construction sites and clearing vegetation where authorized).
“We encourage the public to enjoy their time on their public lands. Before leaving home, we suggest people become aware of restrictions that are in place for their safety and to prevent wildfires, ” said Brian St. George, BLM Gunnison field manager.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 06-27-2012|
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