Kimberlee Phillips, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (970) 874-6717 Cell: (970) 589-0842

Dylan Peters, Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: (970) 874-6625 Cell: (970) 462-2969

Delta, CO, May 8, 2020 –

We remind visitors that fire restrictions are currently in place on the GMUG.

  • The following is prohibited:
    • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood-burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves.
    • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building.
  • The following persons are exempt from fire restrictions:
    • Persons with a Forest Permit, Form FS-7700-48, specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order in the areas listed above.
    • Any Federal, State or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty is exempt from Prohibitions.
    • Persons using pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves in an area at least three feet from any flammable materials are exempt from Prohibition #1.
    • Residents, owners or lessees within the areas listed above who are using a fire in a permanent dwelling with an effective and properly installed USDA- or SAE- approved spark arrestor, are exempt from Prohibition #1.
  • Fire restrictions enhance public safety, protect natural and cultural resources and help prevent human- caused wildfires. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture and the availability of emergency and firefighting resources. Additional restrictions may be required if conditions warrant.
  • Entering upon closed areas or igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or smoking on national forests and grasslands is a violation of Federal law and may result in consequent fines and possible jail time.
  • Fireworks are illegal on National Forest System lands every day.


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests manage approximately 3 million acres of land in Southwest Colorado within Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties.

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