10:38 pm - Tuesday January 23, 2018

Pike And San Isabel National Forests Strengthen Fire Restrictions

Beginning immediately, Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Pike and San Isabel National Forests located Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Jefferson, Lake, Las Animas, Park, Pueblo, Saguache and Teller counties, Colorado. Restrictions will remain in effect until they are rescinded.


Fire danger is very high and there is the potential for large fires.


Persons with a valid Forest Service permit or contract may be eligible for an exemption from the District Ranger to authorize activities prohibited by this Order.


Operating or using any internal combustion engine with a properly installed, maintained and effective spark arrester is allowed. There is no limitation on the hours of operation.




1)            Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. 36 CFR § 261.52(a).  This includes charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves and sheepherder’s stoves and includes use in developed camping and picnic grounds.


EXCEPT:  Devices using pressurized liquid or gas (stoves, grills or lanterns) that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable material such as grasses or pine needles.

2)            Smoking. 36 CFR § 261.52(c).

EXCEPT:  Within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building.

3)            Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame. 36 CFR § 261.52(i).

4)            Operating or using any internal combustion engine (e.g. chainsaw, generator, ATV) without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either:

a)            Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or

b)            Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a). 36 CFR § 261.52(j).

5)            Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arresting device as described in Prohibition #4, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity by weight or larger and kept with the operator) and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use. 36 CFR § 261.52(h).

6)            Using an explosive. 36 CFR § 261.52(b).  This includes but is not limited to fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, and tracers or incendiary ammunition.

7)            Possessing or using a motor vehicle off established roads, motorized trails or established parking areas, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the vehicle. 36 C.F.R. § 261.56.


Even with the restrictions, visitors should be aware of weather conditions and be careful with the use of fire outdoors.  Visitors should check with their local U.S. Forest Service office or go to the web at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc/

Fire Information to learn about specific restrictions.



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