Fire Information

two firefighters monitoring a fire

Please never leave your campfires unattended, and use water to extinguish it, ensuring it is completely out and cool to touch before leaving the area. Fireworks are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forest lands.

  • To Report a Fire: call Montrose Interagency Dispatch (970) 249-1010 or dial 911
  • Fire Information Line (970) 874-6602: Pre-recorded information on current wildfire conditions, presecribed burns and fire restrictions on the GMUG National Forests.
  • GMUG Fire Information: Facebook page with up-to-date information on wildfires, prescrbided burns and fire restrictions on the GMUG National Forests.
  • West Slope Fire Info: General information about Western Slope fire conditions and restrictions.
  • Mesa County Fire Restrictions Map: Interactive map for fire restrictions in Mesa County.
  • Inciweb: Current information on national incidents such as fires, floods and other events.
  • USDA Forest Service Wildfire Risk to Communities: Free, easy-to-use website with interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities understand, explore and reduce wildfire risk.


Current Fire Restrictions

Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions the following are PROHIBITED:

  • FIRES, CAMPFIRES, OR STOVE FIRES, including, but not limited to, CHARCOAL GRILLS, hibachis, and coal or wood-burning stoves.
    • Exceptions allowed:
      • Campfires in Forest Service-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills within Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic grounds.
      • Petroleum fueled stoves or lanterns that use gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.
      • Fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen.
  • SMOKING, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site, or while stopping in an area at least 3 (three) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • CHAINSAWS without a Forest Service or SAE approved spark arrester. Operators must be in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A and a round-pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches.
  • WELDING or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A.
  • EXPLOSIVES, including fireworks, tracer bullets, and exploding targets.


Dispatch Centers

Fire Management

Helpful Fire Links

Wildland Urban Interagency Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide (2014)<