Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions 2018


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on ALL National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest.  Fire restrictions will change over the season as conditions change, so check this page often.

Fire danger is increasing and these restrictions have been put in place to protect public health and safety due to the current and anticipated elevated risk of wildfire.

The following are PROHIBITED:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. CHAINSAWS without a USDA 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.

4. 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. 

5. EXPLOSIVES, including fireworks, tracer bullets, and exploding targets.

Federal, state, and local officers and persons with a valid Forest Service permit or contract may be exempt from these prohibitions.

For more information, please contact the San Juan National Forest at 970-247-4874.

Printable copy of the Stage 1 Fire Restictions

SJNF Fire Restrictions Special Order
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Tres Rios BLM Field Office Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Uncompahgre BLM Field Office Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Gunnison BLM Field Office (Silverton area Map) Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

La Plata County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Montezuma County (Dolores/Cortez area) Fire Ban as of 4/16/2018

Rio Grande National Forest Fire Restrictions



Details on area FIRE DANGER can be found at the
Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch website:

To report a fire on federal lands, please contact the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at (970) 385-1324.

Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center


Colorado Emergency Management Statewide Fire Restrictions


For National and Local fire information and details, please visit:


Drone use on National Forests and around Fires