Gunnison, CO – At midnight Thursday, July 22, 2021, Stage I Fire Restrictions will be rescinded for both Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area. Recent rains in the area have increased fuel moisture and lessened fire danger, but visitors are asked to remain cautious with fire.
As is always the case at Black Canyon and Curecanti, campfires are restricted to fire rings in established campground and picnic areas. Beach fires are allowed on the shores of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Please exercise extreme caution; keep flame length low and be sure that all fires are out and cool to the touch. In high winds, burning debris from your campfire can start fires well downwind. When the wind comes up, your campfire should go down and out.
Although current weather patterns favor afternoon showers, drier weather and fuel moisture may require a return to fire restrictions. For more fire-related information on Colorado’s Western Slope, please visit: WestSlopeFireInfo.com.