Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Boulder Ranger District bans all campfires as part of Stage 2 restrictions

The U.S. Forest Service’s Boulder Ranger District has implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions, effective July 19, which means that campfires are now prohibited in all campgrounds on the Boulder Ranger District. This includes Meeker Park, Olive Ridge, Peaceful Valley, Camp Dick, Pawnee, Rainbow Lakes and Kelly Dahl campgrounds. The new restrictions include charcoal and wood burning stoves, grills and barbecues.

Gas stoves, grills and lanterns with a shut-off valve are permitted when used at least three feet or more from flammable materials such as grass or pine needles.

Under Stage 2 fire restrictions, smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Campfires were already prohibited everywhere else on the Boulder Ranger District under Stage 1 fire restrictions.

A temporary sports shooting restriction also remains in place on all National Forest System lands in Boulder County.

The rest of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests remains under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which limits campfires to paid campsites and picnic areas with permanent metal rings and grills. This includes all National Forest System lands in Grand, Clear Creek, Larimer and portions of Gilpin and Jefferson counties.

Factors considered when implementing restrictions include long term weather patterns, fuel moisture and staffing, as well as recent fire activity. Fire restrictions will remain in place until, working closely with county sheriffs, the Forest determines conditions have improved enough to ease restrictions.

For a full list and maps of fire restrictions, visit our fire restrictions information page.


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