Forest Service

A press release sent out today by the Forest Service states beginning July 14, 2016 Stage I Fire Restrictions will be in effect on National Forest System lands within the Pike and San Isabel National Forests located within Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park, Teller, Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas Counties, Colorado. These restrictions will remain in effect until December 31, 2016 or until they are rescinded.

Fire danger is increasing and these restrictions have been put in place to protect public health and safety due to the current and anticipated elevated risk of wildfire.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

The following acts are prohibited:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. (This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, charcoal grills, hibachis, and coal or wood-burning stoves.)

EXCEPTIONS: Campfires are permitted in Forest Service-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills witihin Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic grounds. The use of petroleum fueled stoves or lanterns that use gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel; an fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen are also permitted.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 (three) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA Forest Service or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A kept with the operator and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use. 36 CFR § 261.52(h).

4. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of at least 2A. 36 CFR § 261.52(i)

5. Using an explosive. 36 CFR § 261.52 (b).

Fire Safety Messages

· Keep a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire

· When putting a campfire out, drown it with water, stir the fire with dirt and more water until all the fuel is cold to the touch. Never leave a fire until it is out cold.

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