Apr 14, 2011 6:34 PM by Greg Boyce
The Bureau of Land Management has initiated Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on BLM lands in northern and southeastern Colorado and along the Front Range.
"It has been very dry throughout the winter months with little or no change to date within the lower to mid elevations along the Front Range and throughout northern and southeastern Colorado. The fire danger levels have been high to very high for an extended period of time. Until we see a change in the weather patterns, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be necessary," said Keith Berger, field manager.
The restrictions affect BLM lands within the following counties: Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, Yuma, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, Park, Pueblo, Teller, Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers. BLM lands within Chaffee and Lake Counties will not be under the Stage 1 restrictions due to milder conditions.
Building or using a fire, campfires and open fires of any type in undeveloped areas is prohibited. This includes, but is a not limited to, charcoal grills, hibachis, and coal or wood burning stoves. All fireworks activity and use is also restricted.
Smoking is only permitted in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
What's allowed: Campfires are allowed in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, and only in agency-provided manufactured fire grates and grills.
The order allows cooking stoves and other appliances fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuels that are equipped with a valve, which allows the operator to turn the flame on or off.