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Release Date: 06/05/12
Contacts: Michael Blakeman, (719) 852-6212    

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Initiated for SLV (06-04-12)

MONTE VISTA – In a coordinated effort, all the counties (including Mineral) and federal land management agencies in the San Luis Valley are initiating Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning June 6, 2012.

“We have been continually monitoring the fire danger throughout the SLV and have determined it is prudent to put in place Stage 1 Fire restrictions,” said Jim Jaminet, the interagency fire management officer for federal lands in the SLV.  “The lower elevations are quite dry and the snowpack is almost gone in the mountains.  June is historically one of our driest months, so I anticipate any green-up that has occurred will be short lived.”

Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit:
1. All open fires, campfires, charcoal-fueled fires, or coal or wood burning stove fires unless in an established fire grate in a developed campground.   Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are allowed.
2. Smoking, unless within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
3. Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
4. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
As a reminder, the use of explosives and incendiary devices, including fireworks, are prohibited on all federal lands.

For more information contact the San Luis Valley Public Lands Center at 719-852-5941, or any other federal land management or county office in the San Luis Valley.

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: 06-05-2012