As to Fire Bans, I received this in my email earlier in the month:
June 30, 2010
Contact: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 876-9008
Vanessa Delgado, Public Information Officer, 970 244-3097
Fire restrictions begin July 2 for BLM Grand Junction, Colorado River
Valley Field Offices
Fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management lands in the Grand
Junction and Colorado River Valley field offices begin July 2.
This includes BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa and Pitkin counties.
Some portions of southern Rio Blanco and Routt counties and northern
portions of Delta and Montrose counties are also included within these
BLM field office boundaries and covered by these restrictions.
Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific
moisture measurements in vegetation. Hot, dry weather has increased fire
danger to high levels at elevations below 8,000 feet.
BLM will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:
· campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed
campgrounds (fire pans are not acceptable)
· no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas
· no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed
recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
· no use of explosive materials
· no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with
· no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark
arresting device properly installed and in working order
· no fireworks on federal lands
The White River and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national
forests are not enacting fire restrictions at this time because of
generally higher elevations and variability in fuel moisture conditions.
Forest officials remind visitors, however, that a fire danger is always
present and urge visitors to be very careful with fire, smoking,
chainsaws and vehicle exhausts and converters – all of which can cause
Restrictions on these BLM lands will be in place until further notice.
Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not
more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both.
Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face
restitution costs of suppressing the fire.
For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to
WELCOME TO THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER INTERAGENCY FIRE MANAGEMENT UNIT
or call the Grand
Junction Field Office at (970) 244-3000 or the Colorado River Valley
Field Office at (970) 876-9000.
There is also now a statewide Fire Ban info site you can check in the future:
Colorado Fire Restrictions
But as always, don't forget you're fire pan. It's a permit violation.