COLORADO SPRINGS — The start of summer hasn’t officially started yet and it looks like fire restrictions may be in place throughout the popular summer camping season.
All districts of the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are subject to Level 1 fire restrictions applicable to all US Forest Service managed public lands in Leadville, Salida, San Carlos, Comanche, Cimarron, Pikes Peak, Ranger Districts South Park and South Platte.
This order came into effect on Friday May 6th and will remain in effect until September 30th unless lifted.
Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Fire Restrictions for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands.
“It’s important for the safety of the public and our employees to remain vigilant in the use of campfires and other activities when the weather and seasons change suddenly,” said Diana M. Trujillo, forestry and grasslands supervisor. “We continue to monitor the situation and as conditions change, restrictions will be adjusted.”
Here are some of the rules under Tier 1 Fire Restrictions:
- Developed campgrounds allow campfires in permanent fire pits.
- Forest visitors are only allowed to smoke in a vehicle or building.
- Forest visitors may start or maintain fires and use charcoal only in permanent fire pits or fire grates in a developed recreation area, such as a toll campground.
- Visitors may not operate a chainsaw, blast, weld, or operate acetylene or other flares without an approved spark arrestor, fire extinguisher, and round shovel.
- Visitors are not permitted to use open flame torches or explosives, including firecrackers or exploding targets.
There are several scattered campgrounds in the area that are considered “developed campgrounds” and campers are allowed to light a fire in the pits, including the South Platte Ranger District in the area of Rampart Range Road, Rim Road, Jackson Creek Road, and Dakan Road the area known as Dutch Fred. Fees are charged at many of these campgrounds.
Punishment for violating fire restrictions is a fine or imprisonment for up to six months.
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