BLM: Fire danger remains high; officials urge caution where fire allowed

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – With much of western Colorado experiencing extreme to exceptional drought, Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect on BLM public lands in the Colorado River Valley, Grand Junction, Kremmling, and White River Field Offices, along with Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, and Summit counties.

“Extended drought conditions have created extremely dry fuels. Any small ignition is at high risk of growing very large, very quickly,” said Grand Junction Field Manager Greg Wolfgang. “We absolutely need people to comply with fire restrictions.”

“With the unprecedented conditions that are driving the current fires on the Front Range and increased visitation by hunters, we want to emphasize the importance of everyone thinking differently than we normally do this time of year,” said Colorado River Valley Field Manager, Larry Sandoval. “Any fire could have the same results of what we are seeing on the Front Range.”

Visitors to public lands should know that they could be held financially liable for suppression costs associated with any fire for which they are determined to be responsible.

Both the public and fire personnel are reporting frequent illegal and unattended campfires, extinguishing about one human-caused wildfire per day. Stage 1 fire restrictions only allow campfires in designated, agency-provided grates within developed recreation sites. Where fires are allowed, they must be completely extinguished with plenty of water until they are cool to the touch before leaving them. 

BLM fire restriction orders and maps of restriction areas are available at Upper Colorado River Fire and Aviation. General information about fire restrictions throughout Colorado is available at http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html. Fire restrictions will be in place until further notice.

BLM: Fire danger remains high; officials urge caution where fire allowed