On Monday, May 21, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service issued stage one fire restrictions within Gunnison County on public lands. At this time, only lands within the Gunnison Ranger District for the Forest Service are affected by the restrictions.
"Last week, the Gunnison County Commissioners signed orders to begin fire restrictions county-wide," said Lori Armstrong, BLM southwest district manager. "The federal agencies are also issuing restrictions; although, the restrictions vary depending on whether the land is managed by a federal agency or is privately owned."
Stage one fire restrictions on public land managed by the BLM and USFS prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except a fire within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed campground. Also, smoking is prohibited on public land except within 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. Operating any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order is also prohibited.
The use of fireworks, flares or other incendiary devices is always prohibited on public land.
"Although there is green vegetation in the area, the lack of moisture throughout the winter has presented us with drought conditions early in the season, and wildland fire is a very serious concern," said Sherry Hazelhurst, acting forest supervisor. "We encourage the public to plan ahead by contacting our offices and/or the Forest website for information on fire restrictions prior to enjoying their public lands."
For more information, contact the BLM at 970-642-4940 or go to www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gfo.html. Contact the Forest Service at 874-6600.blog comments powered by Disqus