Updated: August 13th, 2021
ROYAL GORGE FIELD OFFICE ROLLS BACK FIRE RESTRICTIONS ON BLM LANDS IN FOUR NORTHERN COLORADO COUNTIES
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June 25, 2021 - Royal Gorge Field Office implements fire restrictions on BLM lands in four northern Colorado counties including Larimer County

The forecast of continuing dry and warm conditions has prompted the BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office to implement fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in four counties in eastern Colorado. Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect today, June 25, 2021 on BLM Royal Gorge Field Office-managed lands in Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, and Weld counties.

“Fire danger has been increasing as temperatures have been warm, precipitation has been limited, and vegetation has been drying quickly,” said Royal Gorge Field Office Manager Keith Berger. “These fire restrictions are intended to reduce the chance of preventable fires on BLM-managed lands in these counties.”

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

  • Leaving a fire unattended or unextinguished.
  • Possession, discharge or use of any fireworks.
  • Discharge of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.
  • Burn, ignite or cause to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.
  • Operate 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).

The restrictions on BLM-managed lands in these four counties coincides with restrictions enacted by the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.

Fire restrictions will be in place until further notice. In addition to criminal penalties, those found responsible for starting wildfires may also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

Contact: Brant Porter, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 901-9581

 

June 24, 2021 – National Forests along northern Front Range enter fire restrictions

Due to the forecast of continuing dry and warm conditions, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests’ Clear Creek, Boulder and Canyon Lakes ranger districts along with the Pawnee National Grassland are enacting Stage 1 fire restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 25. Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and remain in place until rescinded.

The following is PROHIBITED under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire (including fires fueled by charcoal or briquettes) outside of a permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate that the Forest Service has installed and maintained at its developed recreation sites (campgrounds and picnic areas)
  • 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 an effective and properly installed spark arrestor, a fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and a shovel.
  • Blasting, welding, or operating a torch with an open flame without being in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and having a fire extinguisher kept with the operator
  • Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses, blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, tracers, and incendiary ammunition. (Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest lands).
  • Discharging a firearm, unless lawfully hunting will be prohibited only in Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties to align with county fire restrictions.

Violation of Stage 1 fire restrictions could result in a maximum fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire.

West of the Continental Divide in Grand County, fire restrictions have been elevated to stage 2, prohibiting all campfires, even in campgrounds, as well as smoking outdoors and target shooting. Northwestern Colorado is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions.

Be sure to visit the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests’ Know Before You Go page to see fire restriction orders and maps.

 

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