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Upper Colorado River 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.

Grizzly Creek Fire Area Closure

September 26: This notice (Grizzly Creek Fire Area Closure Order CON04000-20-09) is for BLM managed lands in Eagle and Garfield counties within the burned area near Dotsero. View map.

September 26: This notice terminates the Grizzly Creek Fire Area Closure Order CON04000-20-08 for certain BLM managed lands in Eagle and Garfield counties.

September 18:  This notice (Grizzly Creek Fire Area Closure Order CON04000-20-08) is for BLM lands in Garfield and Eagle counties, within the area of the Grizzle Creek Fire. View Map.

September 18: This notice terminates the Grizzly Creek Fire Area Closure Order CON04000-20-06 for certain BLM managed lands in Eagle and Garfield counties.

September 11: This notice (Grizzly Creek Fire Area Closure Order CON04000-20-06) is for BLM lands in Garfield and Eagle Counties, within the area of the Grizzly Creek Fire that are temporarily closed to all unauthorized entry. View Map

September 11: This notice terminates the Grizzly Creek Fire Closure Orders CONO04000-20-05 and CON04000-20-02 for certain BLM managed lands in Eagle and Garfied Counties.

September 4: This notice (Grizzly Creek Fire Area Closure Order CON04000-20-05) is for BLM lands in Garfield and Eagle counties within the area of the Grizzly Creek Fire that are temporarily closed to all unauthorized entry. View Map.

September 4: This notice terminates the Grizzly Creek Fire Closure Order CON04000-20-01 and is replaced by CON04000-20-05.

Read the full closure order (Grizzly Creek Fire Closure Order CON04000-20-01) and view a map.

Pine Gulch Fire Area Closure

September 11: This notice (Pine Gulch Fire Area Closure Order #COS08000-20-06) gives notice that BLM managed lands in Grand Junction Field Office in Mesa and Garfield counties within the area of the Pine Gulch Fire are closed. This order will remain in effect until the Pine Gulch Fire order is rescinded. View Map  The September 1 Closure Order COS8000-20-05 is rescinded. 

September 1: This notice (Pine Gulch Fire Area Closure Order COS08000-20-05) gives notice that BLM managed lands in Grand Junction Field Office in Mesa and Garfield counties within the area of the Pine Gulch Fire are closed. This order will remain in effect until the Pine Gulch Fire is declared controlled or until this order is rescinded. View Map

September 1: This notice rescinds the closure order (Public Closure Rescinded Order COS08000-20-04) for BLM-managed lands in the Grand Junction and White River Field Offices in Mesa and Garfield counties within the area of the Pine Gulch Fire. This order is effective September 2, 2020.

August 28: This notice (Pine Gulch Fire Area Closure Order COS08000-20-04) rescinds and replaces the closure order issued on August 19, 2020 (COS08-20-03) for BLM-managed lands in the Grand Junction and White River Field Offices in Mesa, Garfield, and Rio Blanco counties within the area of the Pine Gulch Fire. View map.

August 19: This closure affects BLM lands in the Grand Junction and White River Field Offices in Mesa, Garfield, and Rio Blanco Counties within the area of the Pine Gulch Fire (see map and closure order).

Read the full closure order (Pine Gulch Fire Area Closure Order COS08000-20-03) and view a map.

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

    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).

    Colorado River Valley Field Office

    October 29: This notice (FPO CON04-20-07) rescinds Stage 1 fire restrictions for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of the Colorado River Valley Field Office beginning October 30, 2020.
             September 16, 2020: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Order CON04000-20-07 for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of the Colorado River Valley Field Office beginning September 16, 2020.

    September 16, 2020
    Termination of Fire Prevention Order CON04000-20-01 rescinding Stage 2 fire restrictions within the boundaries of the Colorado River Valley Field Office beginning September 16, 2020.

    August 14, 2020
    Stage 2 Fire Restriction Order CON04-20-01 for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Garfield, Mesa, Eagle, Pitkin, Routt and Rio Blanco counties beginning August 14, 2020.

    July 2, 2020
    Stage 1 Fire Restriction Order CON04-20-03 for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of the Colorado River Valley Field Office beginning July 2, 2020.

    May 26, 2020
    Termination of Fire Prevention Order CON04-20-02 for BLM administered public lands within the boundaries of Garfield and Pitkin Counties, as well as BLM administered lands within the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County.

    May 20, 2020
    Stage 1 fire restrictions on BLM administered public lands within the boundaries of Garfield and Pitkin Counties, as well as BLM administered lands within the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County (Map)

    The following areas will lift current fire restrictions effective May 20, 2020: Termination of Fire Prevention Order CON04-20-01

    • All Bureau of Land Management lands within Eagle County outside of the Roaring Fork Valley

    Grand Junction Field Office

    October 29, 2020
    Termination of Fire Prevention Order COS08-20-08 terminates fire restrictions for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of the Grand Junction Field Office in Mesa, Garfield, Delta, and Montrose counties beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 31, 2020.

    September 18, 2020
    Fire Prevention Order COS08-20-08 Stage 1 fire restrictions for all BLM-administired public lands within the boundaries of the Grand Junction Field Office in Mesa, Garfield, Delta and Montrose counties beginning September 18, 2020.

    • September 18, 2020
      News Release for reducing to Stage 1 fire restritions

    August 14, 2020
    Fire Prevention Order COS08-20-02 Stage 2 fire restrictions for all BLM-administired public lands within the boundaries of the Grand Junction Field Office in Mesa, Garfield, Delta and Montrose counties beginning August 14, 2020.

    June 26, 2020
    Fire Prevention Order COS08-20-02 Stage 1 fire restrictions for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Grand Junction Field Office. 

    May 27, 2020
    Termination of Fire Prevention Order COS08-20-01 This order removes Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all public lands within the Bureau of Land Management - Grand Junction Field Office.