Fire restrictions in Colorado can truly vary from region to region depending on weather conditions and conditions on the ground. While Stage-1 Fire restrictions remain in place on the Uncompahgre Plateau and in the National Forest around Montrose, and there are currently no restrictions in place on the Grand Mesa, the BLM has implemented Stage II Fire Restrictions on public lands in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, and Montezuma Counties. Montrose based Bureau of Land Management Fire Management Officer Chris Barth says that Stage-2 restrictions are more prohibitive than Stage-1 restrictions, especially as they pertain to cooking and campfires.
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal-fueled stove. Exception: Pressurized liquid-fueled stoves with an on/off switch or valve.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Blasting, welding, or other activities which generate a flame, or may result in the ignition of flammable material.
- Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
- Possessing or using a motor vehicle or OHV off established roads, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway; and except for parking overnight in developed campgrounds and trailheads.
- The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices are always prohibited on federal lands.
Barth adds that current up to date conditions and restrictions can be viewed online at www.coemergency.com.