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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 05/23/12
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 876-9008    
  Chris Joyner, Public Information Officer, 970 244-3097    

Fire restrictions begin May 24 for BLM Grand Junction, Colorado River Valley field offices (05-22-12)


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management lands in the Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley field offices begin May 24.

This includes BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa and Pitkin counties. Some portions of southern Routt County and northern portions of Delta and Montrose counties are also included within these BLM field office boundaries and covered by these restrictions.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation. The unusually dry spring has increased fire danger to high levels at elevations below 8,000 feet.

BLM will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:
• campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure -- fire pans and rock campfires rings are not acceptable)
• no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas
• no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
• no use of explosive materials
• no welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials at least ten feet on all sides from equipment
• no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

Gunnison County has issued fire restrictions for all-ownership lands.  The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) has issued fire restrictions for the Gunnison Ranger District only.  The remaining GMUG ranger districts and the White River National Forest are not enacting fire restrictions at this time, because of generally higher elevations and variability in fuel moisture conditions. Forest officials remind visitors, however, that a fire danger is always present and urge visitors to be very careful with fire, smoking, chainsaws and vehicle exhausts and converters – all of which can cause fires.

Fires are always restricted to designated fire grates in developed areas in the Colorado National Monument.

Restrictions on these BLM lands will be in place until further notice. 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 or the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000.



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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 05-23-2012