The Bureau of Land Management announced on Wednesday that it is placing Stage 1 fire restrictions on all BLM-managed lands in Chaffee, Park, Teller and El Paso counties in central Colorado. This decision is based on current fire danger and predicted weather conditions for the area. It precedes the arrival of tourists for the busy Memorial Day weekend.
The announcement, made by BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office, dictates that building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or any type of charcoal-fueled broiler or open fire of any type will not be allowed on BLM lands, unless made in a BLM-developed campground or picnic area, and then, only in built-in manufactured fire grates or grills provided by BLM.
The announcement also prohibits smoking on BLM land, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation site cleared of any flammable materials. The operation of any internal combustion engine that doesn’t have a spark-arresting device will also be prohibited.
BLM will still allow cook stoves, lanterns and other appliances fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuels, as long as they are equipped with an on-off valve on the flame.