FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Due to the hot and dry conditions, Stage 1 fire restrictions start Thursday, June 27, for National Forest System lands on the Boulder, Canyon Lakes, Clear Creek and Sulphur Ranger Districts on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.
These Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and are in place until rescinded. Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:
· Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).
· Use explosives, including fireworks.
· Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
· Weld or operate an acetylene or other torch with an open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
· Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting devise properly installed and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator.
Additionally these restrictions include no discharging firearms on National Forest System lands in the geographic area encompassed on the west by State Highways 7 and 72; on the north by the Larimer/ Boulder County line; on the south by State Highway 72 and one-half mile on both sides of the Bunce School Road #105 and 217.1. Any person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game is exempt from the shooting restriction.
Not complying with this order could result in a mandatory court appearance, a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organizations, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If you were to cause a wildfire, you could be held responsible for suppression costs of that fire.
U.S. Forest Service staff will continue to monitor fire conditions and consider a variety of options as conditions change, including additional restrictions if weather remains dry or lessening or rescinding restriction if a rainy weather pattern occurs. To view the fire restriction order, go to www.fs.usda.gov/arp. The order will be listed in the “Alerts and Notices” box on the right after it goes into effect. Please note that many counties are also under fire restrictions; information is available at www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.
Fire conditions can rapidly change and vary by location. Extra caution is urged with all activities on the National Forests and Grassland especially with any activities that could potentially start a fire. Visitors are asked to be extra careful about where they choose to discharge firearms, place portable stoves or lanterns, and park their vehicle. Visitors are encouraged to watch conditions closely and consider choosing a different activity or location that is less prone to wildfire.