U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 05/22/13|
BLM lowers fire restrictions to Stage 1 Grand Valley Ranger District remains in Stage 1 (07-27-12)
The U.S. Forest Service Grand Valley Ranger District, which includes Uncompahgre National Forest lands in Mesa County and the Grand Mesa National Forest lands, will remain in Stage 1 fire restrictions.
Fire restrictions will be lifted on other National Forest System lands in the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests effective July 27. The White River National Forest lifted their fire restrictions last week.
By moving to Stage 1, BLM is now permitting campfires in designated metal fire grates in developed campgrounds. Fires outside of these designated fire grates, including stone fire rings, fire pans, and charcoal grills are still prohibited. Propane and backpacking stoves are permitted.
Decisions about fire restrictions are based on specific moisture measurements in vegetation. Rains in the lower elevations and the western part of the Upper Colorado River Unit in particular have helped fire conditions but have not been consistent.
“The public has been very supportive of our fire restrictions during this extremely dry spring and summer,” said Chris Farinetti of the Upper Colorado River Interagency Management Unit. “While the fire danger is becoming less severe, it is still present and people need to continue to be very careful with fire and to continue abiding by these restrictions.”
Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.
For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/ or call the Grand Junction Field Office at (970) 244-3000, the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000, or the Grand Valley Ranger District at (970) 242-8211.
Where are the designated metal fire grates on BLM lands in these areas?
The only places within the Colorado River Valley Field Office are the developed campgrounds: Catamount, Deep Creek, Gypsum, Lyons Gulch, Pinball, and Wolcott campgrounds.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 07-27-2012|
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