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BLM increases fire restrictions

The Tres Rios district of the Bureau of Land Management has implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions because of increased wildfire risk. (Journal file photo)
Tres Rios Field Office implements Stage 2 fire ban to prevent human-caused wildfire

To reduce the risk of wildfire, the Tres Rios district of the Bureau of Land Management has increased its fire restrictions to Stage 2 beginning June 15.

The increased restrictions apply to district lands in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata and Montezuma counties, and the southwest corner of Montrose and western portion of San Miguel counties, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

The restrictions align with local orders and guidelines to protect the public’s safety during high fire danger and will be in place until further notice, according to a news release.

“The hot and windy weather in Southwest Colorado is creating very high to extreme fire danger,” said Tres Rios Field Manager Connie Clementson. “Stage 2 fire restrictions will assist in reducing human caused fires in the area until the monsoonal moisture arrives.”

Under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
  • No campfires, fires, charcoal/fire pans or grills that are not portable pressurized liquid fuel with shut-off switch.
  • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in at least 3 feet in diameter in barren area free of all flammable materials.
  • No use of explosive materials, including fireworks, explosive targets, incendiary or tracer ammunition.
  • No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame.
  • No operation of any internal combustion engine including chain saws without a spark-arresting device properly installed and in working order, chemical fire extinguisher and shovel.

Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. In addition, those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

Fireworks are always prohibited on public lands. More information about fire prevention is available at: www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire

For West Slope fire information visit https://westslopefireinfo.com