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Release Date: 06/27/13
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, (719) 269-8553    
  Kyle Sullivan, BLM Public Affairs Specialist (303) 239-3861    

Stage II Fire Restrictions in place on BLM lands along the Front Range (06-27-13)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is moving into Stage II fire restrictions for public lands in the counties of Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Jefferson, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo and Teller. The restrictions were effective midnight on Tuesday.

Under Stage II 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.

·         Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

·         Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.

·         Welding, or operating an acetylene or other type of torch that produces an open flame capable of igniting flammable material.

·         Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor, and without a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher and a round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches readily available.

The following is allowed:

·         Using cooking stoves 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: 06-27-2013