Effective today, June 16, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be in effect for Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grasslands.
This includes the National Forest System lands located in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties in northwest Colorado, as well as Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Natrona counties. , Niobrara, Platte and Weston in Wyoming.
These restrictions are necessary due to dry fuel conditions, persistent weather patterns and the danger of man-made forest fires resulting from recreational use in forests and grasslands.
The following prohibitions are in effect until further notice:
- Build, maintain, assist or use a fire, campfire or stove fire. This includes barbecues, grills and portable braziers.
Personal, portable wood or charcoal fireplaces / rings, often stainless steel, are not permitted under these restrictions. Campfires are only permitted in USDA approved and installed fireplaces / grills, or gas appliances with an on / off switch.
Any violation of these regulations is punishable by a Class B misdemeanor, a fine of up to $ 5,000 for an individual or $ 10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for up to six months, or both. Anyone who negligently or intentionally starts a forest fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire.
In addition, the public is reminded that under no circumstances are fireworks permitted on lands managed by the federal government.
Forestry staff will continue to monitor conditions to assess the need for further action, including additional restrictions if the weather remains hot and dry and less restrictions if wetter weather develops.
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