BLM rescinds Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Gunnison and Uncompahgre Field Offices

Montrose, Colo.Stage 1 fire restrictions for all Bureau of Land Management public lands administered by the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Field Office will be rescinded effective Friday July 23rd. The restrictions, which began on June 24th, aligned with local orders and guidelines to protect the public’s safety during high fire danger. Recent rains over much of the region have lessened, but not eliminated, the danger from fire, allowing restrictions to be lifted. This means campfires are now allowed outside of established campgrounds and recreation sites. The public is asked to continue to be careful with fire and to follow county fire restrictions on private and public lands within local jurisdiction.  

The rescinded order applies to public land managed by BLM within the boundaries of Gunnison, San Juan, Montrose, Saguache, Hinsdale, Delta, and portions of Mesa, Ouray, and San Miguel counties including Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, and the Uncompahgre Field Office side of Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area.

"We'd like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation during Stage 1 restrictions," said acting Gunnison Field Manager Jon Kaminsky. "We ask the public to continue to exercise good judgment while recreating on public lands and stay tuned just in case fire conditions change and we need to return to restrictions."

Visitors are encouraged to practice these principles of outdoor fire safety:

  • Clear all flammable material within three feet of campfire rings.
  • Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep fires small and manageable.
  • Extinguish fires completely. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. Every campfire should be put DEAD OUT before leaving it.

Stage 1 fire restrictions on these lands will be rescinded at 12:01 a.m., MDT, Friday, July 23, 2021.

Fireworks are always prohibited on public lands.  More information about fire prevention is available at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/get-involved/fire-prevention.

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This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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