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October 30, 2020  

Fire restrictions lifted for five PSICC ranger districts; Stage 1 remains for South Platte, South Park and Pikes Peak

Fire restrictions were lifted for the Leadville, Salida, and San Carlos Ranger Districts and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. The South Platte, South Park and Pikes Peak will remain in Stage 1 fire restrictions. This order is in effect starting at 12:01a.m. Friday, October 30, 2020, and will remain in effect until it is superseded or rescinded, whichever comes first.

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 and a fire extinguisher. Visitors may not use welding machines or other open flame torches, or use explosives, including fireworks.

Dispersed camp sites on the South Platte Ranger District including those on Rampart Range Road, Rim Road, Jackson Creek Road, Dakan Road, and the area known as Dutch Fred are considered undeveloped campsites for the purpose of this order.           

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 here and Kansas here. For more information on fire restrictions, please visit the interactive fire restriction map.  For more fire resources, please visit the fire information section of our website.





NFSR 390 in Leadville Opens

Debris in the creek channel caused steep stream bank erosion that has compromised NFSR 390.

In 2019, just west of the forest boundary where Lake County Road 390 turns into National Forest Service Road 390, Pike and San Isabel National Forest Cimarron and Comanche National Grassland Leadville District personnel noticed that snow melting from the surrounding mountains contributed to high water flowing through the creek channel had washed avalanche debris into a bend in Clear Creek. The debris greatly diverted the traditional channel of the creek forcing water to erode the embankment that supports NFSR 390.

Flood Damage Restriction for San Carlos

Major flooding further washed out the road and trail above Sulphur Springs. Because of the damage, forest visitors will not be able to access the Spring Creek burn area on National Forest Land as it is nearly impossible to pass through the flood damaged area.