Fire restrictions in effect for Forest Service lands across Front Range

PUEBLO, Colo. — Stage I fire restrictions are now in effect for National Forest System lands within the Pike and San Isabel National Forests.

The restrictions apply to national forest lands within Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park, Teller, Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Pueblo, Huerfano, and Las Animas counties. They are in effect until further notice.

The following acts are prohibited under the restrictions:

  • Use of fires, campfires, stove fires, charcoal grills, hibachis, coal-burning stoves, and wood-burning stoves. Exceptions:
    • Campfires in Forest Service-provided fire grates and grills within Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic grounds are allowed.
    • Petroleum-fueled stoves and lanterns are allowed.
    • Fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stoves with a 1/4 spark arrester type screen are allowed.
  • Smoking, unless you’re inside a building, inside a car, or stopped in an area at least three feet wide that is cleared of flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw, unless it has a spark arrester and you have a fire extinguisher and a shovel nearby.
  • Welding, unless you’re in a cleared area at least 10 feet wide and have a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Using explosives.

If you do build a campfire in a provided grate or grill, be sure to keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby. When putting it out, drown it with water and stir it with dirt and more water until it is cold to the touch.

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