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Release Date: 06/14/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM (719) 269-8553    

Fire restrictions in effect for BLM public lands along Colorados Front Range (06-14-12)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – Today, the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office began fire restrictions for public lands that do not allow open fires. This decision is based on current fire danger and the predicted weather conditions for portions of Colorado’s Front Range.

The fire restrictions apply to BLM-managed lands in the counties of Boulder, Chaffee, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Huerfano, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Park, Pueblo, Sedgwick, Teller, Washington, Weld, and Yuma.

“We understand that limiting fire use may affect some people’s summer plans,” said Keith Berger, Field Manager.  “But these restrictions are one way we hope to prevent human-caused wildfires. We ask everyone to help us by supporting these restrictions during this dangerously dry fire season. ”

Under these fire restrictions, the following activities are not allowed:

• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in 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

Additionally, fireworks are not allowed at any time on any public lands managed by the BLM, U.S. Forest Service or the National Park Service.

For more information about fire restrictions on other lands in your area, please contact the Sheriff for the county in which you live.

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: 06-14-2012