Delta, Colorado, October 26, 2020 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests will transition out of all current fire restrictions effective at 12:01 p.m. Monday, October 26. GMUG Fire Managers based their decision on specific conditions such as fuel moisture measurements in vegetation, predicted weather and the amount of current fire activity on the forest. Using the best available science, recent measurements and predictive models have shown an improvement in these conditions leading to a decrease in wildfire risk.
Although the GMUG has received precipitation and fire restricions have been lifted, fire managers would like to remind visitors to use caution while recreating on public lands. Visitors of the GMUG should continue to be attentive of their actions and surroundings especially in areas with dry vegetation or dead trees by practicing smart wildfire prevention behavior including: never leaving a campfire unattended, using established campfire rings, picking safe and proper campfire sites and ensuring that their fires are completely out and cool to the touch by using the drown, stir, feel method—drown their campfires with water and stir until coals are cool to the touch before leaving their campsite.
Developed recreation sites that were opened for the public because of Stage I fire restrictions will now be closed due to the significant snow areas of the GMUG have received. Visitors should know before they go and check the GMUG campground status webpage.
Federal and county public lands surrounding the GMUG may remain under fire restrictions, please consult with the appropriate land managers before engaging in any activities that may violate these restrictions. For more fire-related information on Colorado’s Western Slope please visit: http://www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com/
Know Before You Go—Even an accidental fire start can result in the individual being held responsible including fines and/or jail time. Visit One Less Spark (http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Prevent-Wildfire/ ) for more great tips on how to prevent wildfire. To learn more about campfire safety visit www.smokeybear.com.