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.