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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 07/30/13
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 876-9008    
  Walt Stowe, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, 970 665-0207    

Fire restrictions to be lifted Wednesday for Garfield County and BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office (07-29-13)


SILT, Colo. – Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted effective Wednesday, July 31, for private lands within Garfield County and Bureau of Land Management lands managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office. The BLM Grand Junction Field Office and Mesa County are also lifting fire restrictions effective Wednesday.  
 
In addition to private lands in Garfield and Mesa counties, all BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Routt counties will be out of fire restrictions on Wednesday. Fire conditions vary by elevation and area, and the White River National Forest, Eagle County and Pitkin County did not enact stage 1 fire restrictions this year. Routt County lifted their restrictions last week.
 
Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. Recent moisture in much of northwestern Colorado has significantly lowered the fire danger, but land managers still urge the public to remain vigilant with fire.
 
“Lower fire danger does not mean no fire danger,” said Steve Bennett, field manager for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office. 
 
Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.
 
For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/ or call the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000. Additional information for fire restrictions throughout the state is available at: http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.


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: 07-30-2013