National Forest and Pawnee fire restrictions relaxed a tad

Recent moisture has allowed the reduction of some fire restrictions on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP). Restrictions are changing from Stage II to Stage I Fire Restrictions on July 12. The restrictions to discharging a firearm remain in place on the entire ARP.

“Although we have received moisture, conditions across the Forest and Grassland still warrant the need for some restrictions especially in undeveloped dispersed recreation settings. More hot, dry weather is expected. We appreciate everyone continuing to follow the restrictions.” said Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland Forest Supervisor Glenn Casamassa.

These Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and are in place until rescinded.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 a stove, grill or lantern unless it is petroleum fueled and used only in an area that is at least three feet in diameter and barren or cleared of all flammable materials

· 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 acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

· Use any internal or external combustion engine (including chainsaws) without a spark arresting device properly working.

Forest Service staff will continue to monitor conditions and consider the variety of options to address those conditions, including additional restrictions if weather remains dry and lessening or rescinding restriction if a rainy weather pattern starts. To view the fire restriction order, go to www.fs.usda.gov/arp. They will be listed in the “Alerts and Notices” box on the right when in effect. Please note that many counties are also under fire restrictions; information is available at www.coemergency.com.

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