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Release Date: 08/02/12
Contacts: Christopher B. Joyner, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 210-2126    

Fire Restrictions Lifted (08-02-12)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Colorado River Valley and Grand Junction field offices, the U.S. Forest Service Grand Valley Ranger District and several counties will rescind their fire restrictions beginning Friday, Aug. 3.

Recent rains have increased humidity and vegetation moisture, which prompted the lifting of fire restrictions throughout the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. 

Mesa, Garfield and Eagle counties are also lifting fire restrictions in conjunction with the BLM and the Grand Valley Ranger District. The use of fire pans is recommended and is required in some areas on the BLM. While the UCR protection zone has received rain, some areas remain dry.  Fire officials encourage visitors to be safe and be responsible with campfires, smoking and use of motorized vehicles and equipment to prevent human-caused fire while enjoying the outdoors. 
BLM Grand Junction Field Manager Catherine Robertson encourages everyone to use a fire pan or designated fire ring whenever possible.  “If you must build a fire outside without a fire pan, clear to mineral soil”, said Robertson.   According to Robertson, extremely dry areas remain throughout the region.  Some areas such as the Demaree Wilderness Study Area have only received negligible precipitation and remain high risk for fire. The lifting of fire restrictions doesn’t relieve visitors from their obligation to burn responsibly.  Human caused fires pose a very serious threat to life and property.  There are serious legal liability ramifications for damages associated with human caused wildfire. 

For more information, contact Christopher Joyner at (970) 210-2126 or Lee Ann Loupe at (970) 596-0246.

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: 08-02-2012