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Release Date: 07/17/12
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BLM reduces fire restrictions in six western Colorado counties (07-17-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. – On Wednesday, July 18, the Bureau of Land Management will shift from Stage II to Stage I fire restrictions on public lands within Delta, Gunnison, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache and San Miguel Counties. Additionally, fire restrictions on public lands within San Juan and Hinsdale Counties are rescinded.
“Recent moisture events allowed us to reinstate less stringent fire restrictions,” said Lori Armstrong, BLM Southwest district manager. “We encourage the public to remain cautious and follow Stage I restrictions, where in place, while enjoying their public lands.”
The following acts are prohibited:
• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, except within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed campground or recreation site.
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or developed recreation site or while stopped in an area of at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
• Operating or using an off-highway vehicle or chainsaw without a properly installed and maintained spark-arresting device in effective working order.

The following acts are permitted:
• Building, maintaining, and attending a fire in a manufactured, permanent fire grate or grill within a developed campground or recreation site.
• Operating a cooking stove or other appliance fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuel equipped with a valve that allows the operator to turn the flame on and off.

Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty and persons with a BLM-issued permit specifically authorizing an otherwise prohibited act are exempt from this order. An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.
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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 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: 07-17-2012