Arapaho, Roosevelt National Forests reduce fire restrictions
A day after Grand County downgraded its fire restrictions to stage one, as did Rocky Mountain National Park, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are reducing fire restrictions on national forest system lands.
The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday afternoon that they would reduce restrictions back to stage one for national forests on the Clear Creek, Sulphur and Boulder ranger districts and a small portion of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District within Grand, Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Park and Jefferson counties.
Under the stage one restrictions, forest visitors may not build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except in permanent fire pits or fire grates within a developed recreation site; smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials; or use any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly working and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher and a round point shovel. It is also prohibited to weld or operate acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher or to use explosives.
Stage one fire restrictions for forests on the Clear Creek and Boulder Ranger Districts and a small portion of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District within Boulder, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties prohibit the discharge of a firearm unless in possession of a valid Colorado hunting license and lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game.
Violation of Stage 1 fire restrictions could result in a maximum fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both, according to the forest service. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire. Exploding targets or tracer bullets are never allowed on National Forest System lands.
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