Effective on Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management has announced stage 1 fire restrictions on all BLM-managed lands in the counties of Fremont, Custer, Pueblo, Herfano and Las Animas in southeastern Colorado.
Marie Lawrence of the Royal Gorge Field Office said the decision was made based on the current fire danger and predicted weather conditions for the area. While it will still be possible to use camp cooking stoves, lanterns and other liquid petroleum or bottled fuels on BLM land, these devices must have an on-off flame valve.
Several other fire-related items will not be allowed until further notice under stage 1 restrictions. These include building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or any type of charcoal-fueled broiler or open fire of any type, except in BLM-developed campgrounds or picnic areas. Even then, BLM will only allow fires built in BLM-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills.
No smoking will be allowed on BLM lands except in an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site. Stage 1 restrictions also preclude operation of any internal combustion engine that doesn’t have a working spark-arresting device.