Royal Gorge Field Office rolls back fire restrictions on BLM lands in four northern Colorado counties

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – In response to recent widespread precipitation across the region, the Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office is lifting fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, and Weld counties. The change in restrictions is in response to widespread precipitation over the northern Front Range and to be in concert with other land management agencies across the area. 
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions were implemented on June 25 due to fuel conditions and expected weather in July. 

“Lower fire danger doesn’t mean no fire danger,” said Royal Gorge Field Office Manager Keith Berger. “Conditions can vary by day and by location, so we urge the public to be careful with fire and use common sense when having fires on BLM lands.”

Fire officials remind visitors to practice fire safety when recreating outdoors. The following fire prevention measures remain in effect on BLM-managed lands year-round:

  • Keep campfires small and under control.
  • Ensure that campfires are dead out. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
  • Keep a shovel and water nearby to douse escaped embers.
  • Do not park or idle vehicles in tall dry grass. Heat from the vehicle’s exhaust can spark a wildfire.
  • Do not allow chains to drag from vehicles or towed trailers.
  • Fireworks are never allowed on federally managed lands.

BLM fire staff will be regularly assessing fuel conditions and weather across the region in the coming weeks. If conditions warrant, fire restrictions will again be implemented where needed. 

For more information about fire restrictions in the BLM’s Rocky Mountain District, including the Royal Gorge Field Office, please visit the Rocky Mountain District Fire Restrictions page (https://go.usa.gov/xvhGj) or call the Royal Gorge Field Office at (719) 269-8500.

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have fire restrictions and area closures that remain in effect. More information can be found at the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests website (https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ) or by calling the Forest Supervisor’s office at (970) 295-6600.

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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