USFS Stage 2 Fire Restrictions as of October 16, 2020

16 Oct 2020 17:14 #1 by MountainTownAlerts

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for four ranger districts on Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands

Contact(s): Crystal Young, PSICC Public Affairs

PUEBLO, Colo. - Four districts on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands entered stage 2 fire restrictions today, three districts also instituted recreational shooting restrictions. The stage 2 fire restrictions apply to all public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the San Carlos Ranger District until superseded or rescinded, whichever comes first. Stage 2 fire restrictions and recreational shooting restrictions will apply to the South Platte, Pikes Peak and South Park Ranger Districts and will remain in effect for 28 days or until they are superseded or rescinded, whichever comes first. The Cimarron National Grassland, Comanche National Grassland, Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts will remain at Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice.

“Drought and wind conditions have made the fire danger on these four districts more severe and, as a result, we have implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions,” said Diana M. Trujillo, Forest and Grassland Supervisor. “As the cooler weather sets in, we encourage forest visitors to plan to use alternate ways of staying warm and cooking food while camping and recreating on National Forest System lands.”

Under Stage 2 fire restrictions forest visitors may use portable stoves, gas grills and any propane gas device with an on and off switch and only smoke in an enclosed vehicle, building or trailer. Visitors may not build campfires, use fire pits, charcoal grills or barbecues, coal, wood or sheepherder’s stoves, or any other open flames anywhere on national forest lands. Visitors cannot operate a chainsaw without an approved spark arresting device and a fire extinguisher. Visitors may not use welding machines or other open flame torches, or use explosives, including fireworks. For districts including recreational shooting restrictions, forest visitors may not discharge a firearm, air rifle or gas gun unless they are actively engaged in hunting.

Because the restrictions are enforceable by a fine or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both, forest visitors are responsible to ensure they understand the full restrictions and will find any additional fire restrictions implemented by counties adjacent to Forest Service lands in Colorado here and Kansas here. For more information on fire restrictions, please visit the interactive fire restriction map here. For more fire resources, please visit our website.

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