Fire Conditions

To report a fire: Dial 911 or contact Pueblo Interagency Fire Dispatch Center: (719) 553-1600

Fire Restrictions

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order, effective at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, for fire restrictions. All National Forests and Grasslands in Colorado will be under stage 1 or 2 fire restrictions. The Executive Order aligns with Rocky Mountain Region stage 1 fire restrictions. Under federal law, state and local governments retain jurisdiction over persons on National Forest System land unless there is direct conflict with federal law.

This Executive Order was extended on September 7, 2020 for another 30 days. 

The Rio Grande National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions became effective at 12:01am on Friday, August 20, 2020.

  1. Campfires are only allowed in manufactured fire grates in developed recreation sites.
  2. Smoking is only allowed in cleared areas, enclosed buildings or vehicles.
  3. Operating a chainsaw requires a shovel and fire extinguisher
  4. Blasting, welding or cutting  requires a fire extinguisher

Please see the full order for the restricted activities 

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Explained - Video

Current Fires:

Oxcart Fire 2013, smoke plume. Photo by Jacob ConnersThe Goose Creek Fire was reported on Sunday, June 28 around noon. Located south of Lake Humphrey's and Creede, CO, the fire is burning high on a ridge in the Goose Creek drainage. Spruce fir and aspen are primary fuels in the area. Access to the fire is difficult and poses a high risk to firefighters. Fire updates can be seen on Inciweb and the Rio Grande National Forest's Facebook page. This fire is not out, but is generally inactive and may not be noticeable for a long time. 

The Gosse Creek Fire was declared 100% contained in early Septemeber. There will be no further updates posted.



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