Look here for general information about the fire program on the Forests and Grassland. For the latest information about local prescribed fires or wildfires call our fire information line at 970-498-1030.
The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for your trip. Knowledge of the area, weather and limitations of your body can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Most areas of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are currently affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak, in addition to the other safety pointers, please also follow the 10 tips for planning a safe trip in Bark Beetle areas and recreation around hazardous trees.
Due to the above average snowpack in upper elevations and recent heavy rains, the potential for flooding and additional hazards along rivers and streams is higher than normal. Be sure to check weather conditions before heading to the forest.
The U.S. Forest Service ultimately wants to arm visitors with the information they need to make prudent decisions while enjoying their national forest. Do not attempt to cross any quick moving water and always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Additionally, recent rains have saturated soils throughout the forest, increasing the risk of falling trees. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.
The National Park Service out of Delaware has some useful tips for river safety that are applicable to those of us here in Colorado too. Check their site.
A 1,040 acre area south of Nederland is closed to target shooting, pending further collaborative visioning for a long term strategy that provides safer, more sustainable recreational sport shooting opportunities. Click following link to read the full press release: U.S. Forest Service extends, expands temporary shooting closure
A temporary closure of a small spur road (Forest Road 219) off County Road 96 leading into the Coal area on the Pawnee National Grassland is now in effect to facilitate repairs to the heavily damaged road and allow recovery time to the damaged areas off the road.
Barriers currently mark where the road closure starts and will be replaced with a gate. Damage in the area occurred through use of the road in wet conditions and driving around previously damaged areas along the road, causing many user-created roads braided throughout the route. Please review a copy of the closure order and map for more information.
On 12/5/2011, Whiting Oil & Gas Corp. applied to the Royal Gorge Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management in Cañon City, Colorado, for permits to drill two new oil and gas wells on Pawnee National Grassland.