map of colorado with fire unit boundaries

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).

     


    Kremmling Field Office

    August 6, 2021: Stage 1 fire restrictions terminated (FPO_CON02-21-16 Eagle County).

    August 6, 2021: Stage 1 fire restrictions terminated (FPO_CON02-21-17 Summit County).

    August 26, 2021: Stage 2 fire restrictions terminated (Fire Prevention Order CON02-21-18 Grand County Stage 2 Rescission); Stage 1 fire restriction implemented (Fire Prevention Order CON02-21-19 Grand County) for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Grand County.

    June 16, 2021: Stage 1 fire restrictions (Fire Prevention Order_CON02-21-05 Larimer County) for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Larimer County.

    June 16, 2021: Stage 1 fire restrictions (Fire Prevention Order_KFO_CON02-21-01 Jackson County) for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Jackson County.

       


        Little Snake Field Office

        August 4, 2021: Stage 1 fire restrictions (Fire Prevention Order_CON01-21-05) for all BLM-administered public lands within the counties of Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties.

        August 4, 2021: Stage 2 fire restrictions terminated (FPO_CON01_21-04).


        White River Field Office

        July 14, 2021: WRFO Fire Order Rescind Stage 2 CON05-21-04 for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Garfield, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties.

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

        August 3, 2021: Stage 1 fire restrictions terminated (WRFO_FPO_CON05-21-06) for all BLM-administered public lands administered by the White River Field Office.


        East Troublesome Fire Area Closure (As of Aug. 16, 2021)

        Effective Monday August 16, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management has re-opened 17,769 acres of BLM-managed public lands closed by the East Troublesome Fire.

        East Troublesome Fire Closure Rescission CON02-P2NN4T-008

        East Troublesome Fire Closure Rescission CON02-P2NN4T-008 map

        July 9, 2021: While many mitigation efforts have been completed along the roads and trails that are reopening, the public is warned that standing dead and burned trees are very unstable and can fall without warning at any time. Visitors are at greater risk when traveling at high speeds, particularly in open-sided vehicles and when camping in burned forested areas. Burned areas also contain many unseen hazards, such as burned stump holes which present a danger to those walking off trail. 

        Areas that remain closed may be prone to flooding, landslides, and rock and tree fall. Many of the roads and trails that remain closed were identified for further mitigation and stabilization prior to reopening. In addition, many of the closed motorized routes have severely damaged infrastructure such as bridges.

        Dispersed camping will be allowed within 300 feet of most open roads, however there are some open roads that will be closed to dispersed camping due to the risk of flooding, landslides, and debris flow. Bull Mountain dispersed camping area remains closed to all uses to accommodate crews who are helping the recovery effort. Additionally, dispersed camping will be prohibited in the Supply Creek Area and along the Highway 125 corridor. Please see the closure order for the complete list of closed areas. Current Stage 2 fire restrictions prevent making or igniting campfires and warming fires in these areas.

        The western portion of the burned area, which is managed by the Routt National Forest, has also been partially reopened through an adjusted forest order. Forest employees, volunteers and contractors will continue working toward opening more areas throughout the summer. 

        East Troublesome Closure Area: Many forest roads and hiking trails east of Colo. Highway 125 will reopen, including (map of what is open)
        •    Idleglen Trailhead
        •    Stillwater Pass Road (FSR 123)
        •    Kawuneeche Road (FSR 120)
        •    N. Supply Road (FSR120.4) – No Dispersed Camping
        •    N. Supply Trailhead
        •    S. Supply Road (FSR119.1) – No Dispersed Camping
        •    Supply Creek Trailhead
        •    Trail Creek Road (116.1)
        •    Gravel Mountain Spur (815.2)
        •    Illinois Pass Trailhead
        •    Lost Lake Trailhead
        •    Willow Creek Pass Trailhead

        July 6, 2021: Burned area assessment has been completed in the East Troublesome Fire area, allowing the Routt National Forest to adjust an area closure that has been in place since fall of 2020. A dispersed camping closure with additional road closure remains in effect per an adjusted forest order.

        The new closure opens much of the fire footprint to day use and maintains the full closure of NFSR 12 and NFSR 112 and their spurs. Camping is not yet permitted anywhere in the fire footprint. This closure on Routt National Forest managed land was placed in conjunction with a closure on the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests. Information on the adjoining closure can be found here.

        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.