Gunnison County has joined neighboring counties like Montrose and Delta, and federal land management agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, in lifting Stage One Fire restrictions. Plenty of rain last week combined with sporadic monsoon induced moisture this week has prompted the lifting of the restrictions.
Recent rainfall has come as a relief to public land wildlife managers after a dramatic start to the summer-fire season along the Western Slope of Colorado.
There are currently 11 active wildfires burning in the Rocky Mountain State, and 4 inactive fires, like the East Fork Fire approximately 30-miles outside of Montrose. The biggest of the wildland fires still deemed active is the Black Forest Fire in El Paso County. The fire began on June 11th and scorched over 14-thousand acres. While fire managers still consider the blaze active it has been contained and isn’t considered an imminent threat to life or property.