With last week’s heavy snows in the Central Colorado Rockies providing much-needed moisture, four districts in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands returned to Stage 1 fire restrictions levels on Sept. 11.
The order applies to all public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the San Carlos, Pikes Peak, South Park and South Platte Ranger Districts and will remain in effect until it is superseded or rescinded, whichever comes first.
“For the safety of the public and our employees, it is important to remain vigilant regarding the use of campfires even as the weather and seasons change suddenly,” said Deputy Forest and Grassland Supervisor David Condit. “We are continuing to monitor the situation and as conditions change, restrictions will be adjusted.”
Dispersed campsites on the South Platte Ranger District including those on Rampart Range Road, Rim Road, Jackson Creek Road, Dakan Road, and the area known as Dutch Fred are considered undeveloped campsites for the purpose of this order.
Under Stage 1 fire restrictions forest visitors may only smoke in a vehicle or building, and only build or maintain fires and use charcoal in permanent fire pits or fire grates in a developed recreation site, for example in a campground where fees are charged. Not allowed are use of chainsaws, blasting, fireworks, or any welding or flame torches without approved spark arresting devices.