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 Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service have lifted all  Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

On Thursday, Oct. 7 “Due to moderating conditions over the past week, including cooler temperatures and widespread moisture,” Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze lifted the county’s Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for unincorporated Chaffee County.

The USFS lifted their restrictions in the county on October 6. On Oct. 14, they extended that decision,  announcing that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are lifted for the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands of the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche  National Grasslands. This includes National Forest System lands, roads and trails located within Morton and Stevens counties in Kansas and Baca, Otero, and Las Animas Counties in Colorado.

“We thank everyone for following the restrictions while they were in place,” said Forest and Grassland Supervisor Diana Trujillo. “We appreciate everyone recreating responsibly to help preserve our Grasslands for years to come.”

While Stage 1 Fire Restrictions have been lifted, the following year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on federally administered public lands are still in effect. These year-round restrictions prohibit:

  • Leaving a fire unattended or extinguished.
  • Possession, discharge or use of any fireworks.
  • Discharge of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.
  • Burning, igniting or cause to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.
  • Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1(c).

For more information and fire resources, visit the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands fire management webpage. Note that conditions can change quickly, with land and forest drying out quickly when precipitation is scarce.