Sep 16, 2010 5:44 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Fire restrictions in Pike National Forest, BLM land

Don't burn anything, anywhere, period.

That's the message from a growing number of counties and agencies as extremely dry conditions and recent wildfires have land and emergency managers on edge.

New on the list of restrictions--the Pike National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land in the Royal Gorge region.

The prohibitions are stringent: "building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas. This includes, but is a not limited to, charcoal grills, hibachis, and coal or wood burning stoves...(In addition) 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."

The fire restrictions apply to all forest service land in El Paso, Teller, Park, Douglas, Clear Creek, and Jefferson counties; and in all BLM land in El Paso, Fremont, Teller, Gilpin, Larimer, Park, and Boulder counties.

Countywide fire restrictions are already in place in El Paso, Fremont and Park counties.







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