All districts on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Release Date: May 6, 2022
All districts on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are in Stage 1 fire restrictions which apply to all public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the Leadville, Salida, San Carlos, Comanche, Cimarron, Pikes Peak, South Park and South Platte Ranger Districts. This order is in effect starting at 12:01a.m. Friday May 6, 2022, and will remain in effect until superseded or rescinded, whichever comes first.
“For the safety of the public and our employees, it is important to remain vigilant regarding the use of campfires and other activities as the weather can change suddenly,” said Forest and Grasslands Supervisor Diana M. Trujillo. “We are continuing to monitor the situation and as conditions change, restrictions will be adjusted.”
Dispersed camp sites on the South Platte Ranger District in the area of Rampart Range Road, Rim Road, Jackson Creek Road, Dakan Road, and the area known as Dutch Fred are considered developed campsites, as they are fee areas under concessionaire management. Under Stage 1 fire restrictions developed campsites allow campfires in permanent fire pits.
Under Stage 1 fire restrictions forest visitors may only smoke in a vehicle or building, and only build or maintain fires and use charcoal in permanent fire pits or fire grates in a developed recreation site, for example in a campground where fees are charged. Visitors cannot operate a chainsaw without an approved spark arresting device, a fire extinguisher and round nosed shovel, do any blasting, welding, or operate acetylene or other torches. Visitors may not use open flame torches, or use explosives, including fireworks or exploding targets. See Forest Closure Order for Stage 1 Fire Restriction for full list of prohibited acts and permitted activities.
Because the restrictions are enforceable by a fine or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both, forest visitors are responsible to ensure they understand the restriction and will find any additional fire restrictions implemented by counties adjacent to Forest Service lands in Colorado and Kansas. For more information on fire restrictions, please visit the interactive fire restriction map. For more fire resources, please visit our website.
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