Recent wet weather has prompted BLM and U.S. Forest Service land managers to rescind the Stage One Fire restrictions that had been in place in the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and on BLM land along the plateau. National Forest Public Information Officer Leanne Loupe says the restrictions were lifted this week after much needed monsoonal moisture permeated the forest’s floor.
There have no fire restrictions on the Grand Mesa, so far, this year. Loupe says campers, hikers, and bikers still need to be careful with flame sources and with fully extinguishing campfires. Nearly all of Southwestern Colorado’s wildland blazes this summer have been caused by lightning, not humans.
Also, Montrose County has rescinded its fire restrictions effective immediately. County Undersheriff Adam Murdie appeared before Montrose County Commissioners on Tuesday requesting removal of the fire ban that was instigated in the county in June. The fire ban was set to last until August 31st, but Murdie cited rising moisture levels as good reason to remove the ban. Commissioners unanimously agreed.