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Release Date: 06/20/12
Contacts: Chris Barth, Public Information Officer    
  Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit    
  Phone: 970.240.5317 (o)    
  970.596.0430 (c)    

BLM Institutes Stage I Fire Restrictions in Hinsdale, Saguache and San Juan (06-20-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. – On Wednesday, June 20, the Bureau of Land Management will begin Stage I fire restrictions on public lands within Hinsdale, Saguache and San Juan Counties. 

Fire restrictions vary depending on the whether the land is managed by a federal agency or is privately owned.  Stage I fire restrictions on public land managed by the BLM prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except a fire within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed campground.  Also, smoking is prohibited on public land except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three 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 is also prohibited.

The use of fireworks, flares or other incendiary devices is always prohibited on federal lands. 

The BLM continously monitors the conditions throughout the area and will modify the restrictions as needed.  Federal agencies use a three-stage process to limit activities that could cause wild fires during drought conditions.  Stage I restricts the activites as indicated above.  Stage II includes all Stage I restrictions plus prohibits welding, the use of chainsaws as well as building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire. Stage III prohibits all burning.
For more information, contact the BLM Tres Rios Field Office at 970-882-7296 or go to, or the BLM Gunnison Field Office at 970-642-4940 or go to .
To determine fire restrictions beyond the public lands go to the following websites:
• San Juan County -
• Hinsdale County-
• Saguache County-

For information on wildfires and restrictions in the area, call the MIFMU Fire Information line (970.240.1070), visit the MIFMU website (, or follow us on Twitter (

The Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit covers the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest (USFS), the Gunnison Field Office (BLM), the Uncompahgre Field Office (BLM), Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (NPS), Curecanti National Recreation Area (NPS), and public lands in the counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel. 

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-20-2012