Tuesday, 02 July 2024 12:29

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect Today

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The following press release comes from the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest office:

Due to the forecast of continuing dry and warm conditions as well as increasing fire activity across the region and nation, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland has enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions on national forest lands and grassland in Clear Creek, Gilpin, Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties beginning today, Tuesday, July 2, 2024. Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have.

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 developed campground or recreation site with established forest service fire rings or grills.

  • 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.

  • Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.

The following activities and uses are ALLOWED under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
  • Open fires contained in permanently constructed metal or concrete fire pits and/or charcoal grills that the Forest Service has installed and maintained at its developed campgrounds and picnic areas.

  • Liquid or gas fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices with on/off switches on surfaces clear of flammable vegetation.

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.

Be sure to visit the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland’s Know Before You Go page to see the fire restrictions order and other useful information to help plan your trip.
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