Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Transition Back to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Release Date: Jul 16, 2018  

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717, Dylan Peters 970-874-6625


Beginning at 12:01 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018 the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests will transition back to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, while the Grand Mesa National Forest will continue to remain at Stage 1. Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific fuel moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity. Conditions are improving and these restrictions will be implemented to reflect current fire danger levels. Fire restrictions on these lands will be in place until further notice. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions means that 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 stopped 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.

For more information on prescribed burns, wildfires and fire restrictions on National Forest System lands please call our Fire Information line at 970-874-6602 or visit our website: http://bit.ly/GMUGFireRestrictions

For more fire-related information on Colorado’s Western Slope please visit: http://www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com/