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Release Date: 07/11/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM (719) 269-8553    

Fire restrictions reduced for BLM lands along Colorado's Front Range

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – Due to recent rains and cooler temperatures, the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is reducing its fire restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1. This decision is based on current fire danger and the predicted weather conditions for Colorado’s Front Range.

Stage 1 restrictions take effect today, July 11, and 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.

“The recent monsoonal flow has eased the fire danger enough to reduce restrictions, but everyone needs to remember the fire danger remains high,” said Keith Berger, Field Manager. “If a weather trend of higher temperatures with low precipitation returns, we could move back into Stage 2 restrictions.”

Under Stage 1 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; EXCEPT in BLM-developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and only in BLM-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills.

• 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

The following is allowed on all BLM lands:

• Using cooking stoves, lanterns and other appliances fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuels that are equipped with an on-off valve for the flame.

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: 07-13-2012