Fire Management

To Report a Fire

Dial 911 or contact the Pueblo Interagency Fire Dispatch Center: 719-553-1600


Fire management combines elements of fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire use.

Two people work around a tree that was struck by lightning and caught on fire


Wildland fire is inevitable in North American ecosystems. Most wildland fire must be suppressed to meet resource and social objectives. Wise use of fire approximates the historical role of fire and enhances long-term wildland values.

Effectively managing forest fuels and dealing with wildfires requires coordination between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, other agencies, and communities.

Fire Restrictions

There are currently no fire restrictions on the RGNF.

Please check our neighboring forests for their fire restrictions. 

Counties may have fire restrictions that apply to private lands, parks, and other areas outside of the National Forest. Check with the local county for fire restrictions and burn bans. 

Current Fires

No fires at this time.

Visit InciWeb for nation-wide fire information.

ariel photo of smoke from a wildfire in rocky terrain

Fire Weather

Check the weather for the area you are visiting at Pay attention to Red Flag Warnings and fire restrictions.

A Red Flag Warning is issued when strong winds and dry fuels create conditions that lead to fires having an increased resistance to control. Campfires are discouraged on windy days and during a Red Flag Warning because embers can blow out of the fire ring and start a wildfire.

Fire Prevention Tips

  • Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread. Extinguish fires before going to bed or leaving.
  • Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to mix coals and water. Then feel to make sure everything is cold to the touch before leaving or going to bed.
  • Dunk charcoal in water until cold.
  • Dirt will NOT fully extinguish a fire.

A group of wildland fire fighters stands in a circle during a training on a fire


Protecting Your Home Firewise

Working in Fire: The Forest Service hires permanent and seasonal firefighters. Look for job series #0462, which includes most fire-related jobs.

Confronting the Wildfire Crisis

Fire on Landscapes

Weather Forecast