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Fire restrictions on public lands

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 19th, 2013

MONTE VISTA — The Rio Grande National Forest and Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office are initiating Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning June 19.

 Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit:

1.  All open fires, campfires, charcoal-fueled fires, or coal or wood burning stove fires unless in an established fire grate in a developed campground.   Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are allowed.

2.  Smoking, unless within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

3.  Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame except when in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of at least 2A.

 As a reminder, the use of explosives and incendiary devices, including fireworks, are prohibited on all federal lands.

 For more information contact the San Luis Valley Public Lands Center at 852-5941.

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