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August 1, 2020

Fire restrictions have been reduced to Stage 1 and apply to all public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the San Carlos, South Platte, Pikes Peak and South Park Ranger Districts, and will remain in effect until they are superseded or rescinded, whichever comes first. Fire restrictions for the Cimarron National Grassland, Comanche National Grassland, Salida Ranger District and Leadville Ranger District have been lifted.

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.

Visitors will find any additional fire restrictions implemented by counties adjacent to Forest Service lands in Colorado here and Kansas here.

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

The Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) covers three million acres. PSICC is a busy urban national forest that has the Front Range and the majority of fourteen thousand foot peaks in Colorado, yet also contains the wide-open grasslands of eastern Colorado and western Kansas. More than 60 percent of the water used by metropolitan area of Denver, CO originates from the South Platte River.

The forest offers a wealth of experiences from historic cabin rentals to the birthplace of developed recreation on the San Carlos Ranger District. The Comanche Ranger District lays claim to the internationally known dinosaur trackway at Picket Wire Canyonlands and continues to excite researchers and visitors alike with new discoveries. With nine Wilderness areas, numerous scenic byways and a full spectrum of outdoor opportunities, it is no wonder that the PSICC ranks third highest in the nation for recreational visits at national forests.




Portable Airtanker Base Supports Firefighting in Colorado

A portable airtanker base in Colorado Springs (COS ATB) supports large-fire efforts in Colorado. The portable retardant base is a reload base for very large airtankers (VLATs) that carry large amounts of retardant to emerging fires to support teams fighting fire on the ground.


Browns Canyon National Monument

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Find out more about Browns Canyon National Monument at PSICC.

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project

A greenback Cutthroat Trout swimming in Bear Creek

To protect the greenback cutthroat trout while allowing for appropriate and sustainable recreation...


PSICC Locatable Mineral Resources

Are you interested in mining on the Pike or San Isabel National Forests??  Click the link for more information.