Fire Restrictions and Information

Fire restrictions are in place for many areas in Colorado.

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Northwest District

Fire management in Colorado is an interagency partnership among federal, state and local entities. BLM-managed lands within Colorado are broken into four Interagency Fire Management Units: Northwest Colorado Fire Unit in Craig, Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit in Grand Junction, Southwest District Fire Unit in Montrose and Front Range District Fire Unit in Canon City.

 

Current Fire Restrictions

See below for Field Office specific fire restrictions- all fire restrictions are current unless the rescission order is posted. Please contact the field office for additional information.

    Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

    • Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure -- fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable).
    • No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas.
    • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation.
    • No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets.
    • No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation.
    • No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

    Under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    • 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, trailer, building or tent.
    • Using an explosive requiring fuse or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets and tracers or incendiary ammunition.
    • Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either:
      • Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or
      • Appropriate Society of automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a). 36 CFR 261.52(j)
    • 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 35 inches. The extinguisher will be with the equipment operator.  The shovel may be kept with fueling supplies but 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).

    Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

    Kremmling Field Office

    June 16, 2021: Fire Prevention Order_CON02-21-05 Larimer County for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Larimer County

    June 16, 2021: Fire Prevention Order_KFO_CON02-21-01 Jackson County for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Jackson County

    June 16, 2021Fire Prevention Order_KFO_CON02-21-02 Grand County for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Grand County

    June 25, 2021: KFO Stage 2 Fire Prevention Order CON02-21-06 Eagle County Stage 1 Rescission

    June 25, 2021: KFO Stage 2 Fire Prevention Order CON02-21-08 Summit County Stage 1 Rescission

    Little Snake Field Office

    June 25, 2021: LSFO Fire Restriction Order CON01-21-03 Rescind Stage 1 

    White River Field Office

    June 25, 2021: WRFO Stage 2 Fire Order Rescind Stage 1 CON05-21-02

     


    Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    Kremmling Field Office

    June 25, 2021: KFO Stage 2 CON02-21-07 Eagle County for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Eagle County

    June 25, 2021: KFO Stage 2 CON02-21-09 Summit County for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Summit County

    Little Snake Field Office

    June 25, 2021: LSFO Stage 2 Fire Prevention Order CON21-02 for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt Counties.

    White River Field Office

    June 25, 2021: WRFO Stage 2 Fire Order CON05-21-03 for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Garfield, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties.

     


    East Troublesome Fire Area Closure (As of June 15, 2021)

    June 15, 2021:The East Troublesome burn area and all access points remain CLOSED to the public until these stabilization and mitigation efforts can be implemented. Currently, post-fire restoration efforts and fireline rehabilitation work is active in multiple locations across the burn area.

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD923003

    November 17, 2020: This notice (East Troublesome Fire Area Closure CON02-P2NN4T-007) In order to protect persons, property and public lands and resources the following public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management are closed to all public use: All BLM managed lands within the perimeter of the East Troublesome Fire as identified on the attached map.

    November 5, 2020: This notice (East Troublesome Fire Area Closure CON02-P2NN4T-005) is for BLM managed lands in Grand County north of US HWY 40 to the Arapaho National Forest  boundary, east of Grand County Road 21, west of US HWY 34. A closure map is included with the order.

    November 5, 2020: This notice (East Troublesome Fire Area Closure CON02-P2NN4T-004) rescinds CON02-P2NN4T-001. A new closure order has been put into effect in its place.

    October 26, 2020: This notice (East Troublesome Fire Area Closure CON02-P2NN4T-003) rescinds CON02-P2NN4T-002. The lands listed in CON02-P2NN4T-002 are now reopened for public access. See maps for specific lands.

    October 22, 2020: This notice (East Troublesome Fire Area Closure CON02-P2NN4T-002) is for BLM managed lands in Grand County at Walden Hollow, within the Strawberry Special Recreation Management Area, and south of US Highway 40 and east of Grand County Road 55 west of the town of Granby. It also includes BLM managed lands in Jackson County located north of the Routt National Forest boundary, south of Jackson County Road (JCR) 28, east of JCR 11, and west of Colorado Highway 125. Closure maps are included with the order.

    October 15, 2020: This notice (East Troublesome Fire Area Closure CON02-P2NN4T-001) is for BLM managed lands North of US HWY 40 to the border of the Arapaho National Forest, East of Grand County Road 2, West of US HWY 34. A closure map is included with the order.