Dolores, Colo. – Current Stage I Fire Restrictions will be lifted on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Tres Rios Field Office and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Recent rains over much of the region have lessened, but not eliminated, the danger from fire, allowing restrictions to be lifted. The public is advised to be cautious with activities that could potentially ignite a fire.
Annual Fire Prevention Order COS01-21-01 for the Durango Special Recreation Management Area, which implements fire restrictions within the Durango city limits, La Plata County, Colorado—including BLM lands in the Grandview, Animas City Mountain, and Skyline areas—will remain in effect until rescinded or on December 31, 2021, whichever occurs first. “These areas near the City of Durango are ‘Day Use Only,’ and overnight camping and campfires are prohibited to reduce fire risk,” said Connie Clementson, Tres Rios Field Manager. “We encourage the public to respect the land by being careful with fire and by using ‘Leave No Trace’ practices, while they enjoy their public lands.”
Fire officials remind visitors to practice these principles of outdoor fire safety:
• Clear all flammable material within three feet of campfire rings.
• Make a fire only if you have enough water and a shovel to put it out.
• Never leave a fire unattended and keep fires small and manageable.
• Extinguish fires completely. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
• Avoid parking or idle vehicles in tall dry grass; the heat from the vehicle can spark a wildfire.
• Secure chains from vehicles or towed trailers so they do not drag and cause a wildfire.
• Fireworks are never allowed on federally managed lands.
For more information on fire restrictions, visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-information/colorado, and https://dfpc.colorado.gov/firerestriction.