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Release Date: 06/29/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM (719) 269-8553    
  Barb Timock, USFS (719) 553-1415    
  Captain Don Pinover, Fremont County Sheriff (719) 276-5514    

No Fireworks or Campfires in Fremont County (06-29-12)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. –  Extreme fire conditions in Fremont County have federal, state and local fire officials urging the public not to use fireworks or have campfires this Fourth of July holiday.

The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Cañon City want to remind the public that open fires and fireworks are prohibited on all federal, state, county and city lands. This week the BLM, USFS, Fremont County and the City of Canon City all moved into Stage II Fire Restrictions.

“The Fourth of July is one of the most popular holidays for folks to enjoy the outdoors, so we’re asking everyone to help us prevent any new human-caused fires,” said Keith Berger, Royal Gorge Field Manager.

Due to current extreme fire conditions, there are no areas in Fremont County where fireworks can be legally used. The use of fireworks, flares or other incendiary devices is always prohibited on federal lands. 

“Fire managers and law enforcement officials are working together to enforce the current fire restrictions,” said Fremont County Sheriff, Jim Beicker. “We’re asking the public to respect and follow these fire restrictions.”

Each organization has requirements for its specific agency’s Stage II restrictions. The public is urged to check with that organization for details.

For more information contact: BLM and U.S. Forest Service, 719-269-8500; City of Cañon City, 719-276-5600; Fremont County, 719-276-5555; City of Florence, 719-784-4848.

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: 06-29-2012