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Release Date: 07/10/12
Contacts: Michael Blakeman, (719) 852-6212    

Stage II fire restrictions to continue in SLV (07-10-12)

MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The counties of the Upper Rio Grande and federal land management agencies will continue with Stage II fire restrictions for at least one more week.

“Although many areas in the Upper Rio Grande have received good rains, parts of some counties are still dry,” said Jim Jaminet, SLV Interagency Fire Management Officer.  “In a collaborative decision, the federal land management agencies and counties decided to continue with Stage II fire restrictions with the hope that fuel moistures will fully recover to safe levels over the next week.”

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit:

• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, coal, wood burning stove or sheepherders stove, including in developed camping and picnic grounds. Devices using pressurized liquid or gas are exempted;
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building;
• Using an explosive requiring fuse or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets and tracers or incendiary ammunition;
• Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor, and without a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher at least eight ounces capacity by weight and a round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches that is readily available for use;
• Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame except with a current permit, contract or letter of authorization.
For more information, contact your local county office or:

•  The BLM San Luis Valley Field Office and Rio Grande National Forest at 719-852-5941.
• The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve at 719-378-6399.
• The San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 719-589-4021.

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: 07-10-2012