Fire Restrictions on the Rio Grande National Forest

Release Date: Jun 20, 2011  

Fire Restrictions on the Rio Grande National Forest

MONTE VISTA – The San Luis Valley Public Lands Center is initiating Stage 1 fire restrictions, starting June 20, on the Rio Grande National Forest.  Stage 1 fire restrictions are already in place on BLM-managed lands in the San Luis Valley and the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

“We have been continually monitoring the fire danger on the Rio Grande National Forest and although there is still snow in the high country, very little green-up has occurred and conditions on most of the forest are very dry,” said Paul Duarte, fire operations specialist for the SLV Public Lands Center. 

Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit:

  1. All open fires, campfires, or stove fires unless in an established fire grate in a developed campground.   Petroleum-fueled stoves, such as propane grills and white gas camping stoves are allowed.
  2. Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, without a spark arresting device properly installed and effectively working.
  3. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  4. Smoking, unless 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 material.

As always, the use of explosives and incendiary devices, including fireworks, are prohibited on federal lands.

For more information, contact the San Luis Valley Public Lands Center at 719-852-5941 or any other federal land management office in the San Luis Valley.