Campfires allowed in RMNP |

Campfires allowed in RMNP

Rocky Mountain National Park has lifted its fire ban, allowing fires in designated fire grates, according to spokesperson Kyle Patterson.

“We are continuing to encourage visitors to act with caution and vigilance,” she said.

Grand, Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Jackson counties will continue with their current restrictions in place, according to Jim Campbell of the Grand County Sheriff’s office.

The Sulphur Ranger District in the Arapaho National Forest will lift its Stage 2 fire ban later this week and revert to Stage I restrictions, according to spokesperson Reid Armstrong.

Stage I restrictions include the prohibition of building and maintaining a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a developed recreation site in the Arapaho National Forest. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed. No smoking is allowed except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site.

BLM, Colorado Northwest District is still under a Stage 2 fire ban.

All Grand County towns are also continuing under Stage 2 fire restrictions.

“There is no rain in the forecast and we will get dry. The rain we had didn’t change the drought,” said Granby Town Manager Wally Baird. Granby will continue to restrict fires and smoking, following suit with Grand County.

– Kristen Lodge can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610

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