Stage II Fire Restrictions In Place In Some Areas

Several locations across the state of Colorado have put Stage II fire restrictions in place after a busy start to this year's fire season.

Both the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service have enacted bans on their lands. Teller and Fremont counties also issued notices regarding Stage II fire restrictions.

Restrictions in Teller County include the entire county while only unincorporated areas of Fremont County that are not in a special fire district are affected by the restrictions.

The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office moved into Stage II fire restrictions for public lands in the counties of Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Jefferson, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo and Teller. The restrictions were effective midnight on Tuesday.

The USDA Forest Service moved into Stage II fire restrictions for the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, including the Leadville, Pikes Peak, South Park, South Platte, Salida and San Carlos Ranger Districts.

What is and is not allowed during a Stage II fire restriction can vary from organization to organization and from location to location. Restrictions for BLM lands and Teller County are listed below. For more information about fire restrictions on other lands in your area, please contact the Sheriff for the county in which you live.

Information on the Stage II fire restrictions on USDA Forest Service lands can be found here.

Teller County

Activities allowed during the Stage II ban include:

  • Use of gas, liquid or propane barbecues, gas stoves or lanterns that are at least 10 feet away from combustible walls or roofs, or other combustible materials.
  • Use of chainsaws with approved fire-extinguishment equipment readily available.

Activities prohibited during the Stage II ban include:

  • Campfires
  • Fires in chimaeras, outdoor fireplaces, and any other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits.
  • Use of charcoal grills
  • Use of wood or charcoal smokers
  • Outdoor welding or cutting
  • Smoking (except inside vehicles)
  • Burning of slash piles or any wood debris
  • Use of any explosives (except for permitted mining operations)
  • Use of fireworks of any type (except commercial fireworks within city limits)
  • Firing of model rockets
  • Burning of irrigation ditches unless completely surrounded by irrigated farmlands where burning is necessary for crop survival.

Bureau of Land Management

Activities allowed during the Stage II ban include:

  • Using cooking stoves and other appliances fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuels that are equipped with an on-off valve for the flame.

Under Stage II restrictions, the following activities are not allowed:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other type of torch that produces an open flame capable of igniting flammable material.
  • Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor, and without a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher and a round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches readily available.

Additionally, fireworks are not allowed at any time on any public lands managed by the BLM, U.S. Forest Service or the National Park Service.