GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – All ranger districts in the White River National Forest will be in Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning tomorrow, Oct. 2.
The Blanco and Dillon ranger districts are reducing restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1, and the other districts in the Forest are remaining in Stage 1.
Under Stage 1 fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal are only allowed in developed Forest Service campgrounds in the metal fire rings and grates provided.
Propane and other petroleum-fueled stoves and camping equipment are allowed throughout the Forest under Stage 1, as are sheep-herder and other wood-burning stoves often used in hunting tents provided they are fully enclosed metal stoves with a chimney at least five feet in length and have a spark arrestor with a screen opening of ¼ inch or less.
The detailed order describing the specifics of Stage 1 restrictions is available at www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.
“We expect warm, dry conditions to continue well into October,” said White River National Forest Deputy Supervisor Lisa Stoeffler. “If you are in an area where fires are allowed, make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it unattended.”
For more information about the White River National Forest, call 970 945-2521 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.