Ouray County, Colo. – With the welcomed return of the summer monsoon season, the recent heavy rains over much of Ouray County have increased moisture levels in our surrounding forests and have lessened the threat of wildfire danger, making it possible for Ouray County to rescind Stage 1 Fire Restrictions at this time. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be rescinded effective 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022 and this includes only the unincorporated areas of Ouray County, not the City of Ouray or Town of Ridgway.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gunnison and Uncompahgre Field Offices will also rescind their Stage 1 restrictions effective at the same time and date.
The decision to implement and rescind seasonal restrictions are made together by regional partners, including Ouray County, Montrose County, San Miguel County, Gunnison County, Delta County, the GMUG, BLM, the National Park Service, the Division of Fire Prevention & Control (DFPC), and the National Weather Service.
Fire restrictions are often put into place and rescinded throughout the season, and it’s important for community members and visitors to always double check if restrictions are in place, and when in doubt, don’t burn.
Please continue do your part to help prevent a wildfire:
• Keep current on local and regional fire restrictions at www.westslopefireinfo.com
• Obey all fire bans
• Dispose of cigarettes properly
• Never leave a fire unattended
• Be sure your campfire is Dead Out! (cold to the touch)
• Avoid driving on tall grass
• Keep trailer chains from dragging on the ground, this can create sparks