BLM Colorado COVID-19 Updates

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Southwest 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 restrictions by field office-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

The following activities are prohibited 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:
    • (a) Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or
    • (b) 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).

Tres Rios Field Office

January 1, 2021

Annual fire restrictions are in place within the Durango Special Recreation Management Area, located within the Durango City Limits, La Plata County, CO to include BLM managed public lands in Grandview, Animas City Mountain, and Skyline areas. 

For more information on fire prevention measures in the Tres Rios Field Office, please call (970) 882-1120. 

Uncompahgre Field Office

Updated January 1, 2021

There are no fire restrictions that apply to BLM-Uncompahgre 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 Uncompahgre Field Office, please call (970) 240-5300. 

Gunnison Field Office:

Updated January 1, 2021

There are no fire restrictions that apply to BLM-GunnisonField 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 Gunnison Field Office, please call (970) 642-4940.