map of colorado with fire unit boundaries

Rocky Mountain 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 Rocky Mountain District Fire in Canon City.

Current Fire Restrictions

Royal Gorge Field Office

San Luis Valley Field Office

Year-round tips for preventing wildfires: 

  • 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. The heat from the vehicle can spark a wildfire.
  • Do not allow chains to drag from vehicles or towed trailers.
  • Fireworks are never allowed on federally managed lands.

Royal Gorge Field Office

    Updated June 25, 2021

    Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for Royal Gorge Field Office-managed lands in Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, and Weld counties (link to signed restriction order).

    Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following acts:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites. Devices using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted.
    • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 
    • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
    • Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity.
    • Using exploding targets.

    These restrictions are in addition to year-round wildfire prevention measures still apply on BLM-administered public lands in Colorado. These prohibit:

    • Leaving a fire unattended or unextinguished.
    • Possession, discharge or use of any fireworks. 
    • Discharging of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition. 
    • Burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material. 
    • Operaing any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).

    For more information on fire prevention measures in the Royal Gorge Field Office, please call (719) 269-8500 or email. For information on fire restrictions on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, please visit their fire restrictions story map


    San Luis Valley Field Office

    Updated May 25, 2021

    There are no fire restrictions that apply to BLM-San Luis Valley Field Office lands at this time. 

    Year-round wildfire prevention measures still apply on BLM-administered public lands in Colorado. These prohibit:

    • Leaving a fire unattended or unextinguished.
    • Possession, discharge or use of any fireworks. 
    • Discharging of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition. 
    • Burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material. 
    • Operaing any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).

    For more information on fire prevention measures in the San Luis Valley Field Office, please call (719) 852-7074 or email. For information on fire restrictions on the US Forest Service-Rio Grande National Forest, please visit their website or call the Forest Supervisor's office at (719) 852-5941.