Fire Restrictions in Chaffee County


John Spezze, Sheriff
Joe McGuire, Undersheriff

641 West 3rd Street
PO Box 699
Salida, Colorado 81201

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: 719-539-2596
Communications Center Fax:
Records Fax: 719-539-1077



June 11, 2018

6/13/18 UPDATE Federal Lands are now included in Stsge II Restrictions. SEE BELOW for specific restrictions.

Effectively immediately and by order of Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze Chaffee County, which includes all state lands and unincorporated lands, will move to Stage II Fire Restrictions IMMEDIATELY. This does not include federal lands such as the national forest and BLM Lands. Both the City of Salida and the Town of Buena Vista have their own ordinances that pertain to fire restrictions and they should be consulted as to their restrictions. At the time of this press release our partners in the U.S. Forest Service and BLM are still under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

Chaffee County Stage II Fire Restrictions prohibit building, maintaining or attending any OPEN FIRE within Chaffee County. No open flame is permitted. Also included is the use of any type of charcoal fire or grill.

Due to the very dry conditions that prevail on our lands across the county it is imperative that all residents and visitors adhere to these restrictions. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office will be vigilant in enforcing these restrictions. If anyone observes any open fire they are encouraged to report such activity to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office at 719-539-2596.

These restrictions will remain in place until conditions improve to the point that make less restrictive activities safe once again.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office will be notifying all businesses that cater to our visitors to the area in regards to these restrictions. We will be utilizing our Everbridge system to notify all county residents. Reader boards provided by CDOT will be put in place relaying fire restriction information and our local media outlets will also be encouraged to keep our residents and visitors informed. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office web page and FaceBook page will carry current information.

For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-207-3199.

SEE Forest Restrictions below!


As of JUNE 13, 2018


Effective immediately, Stage 2 fire and smoking restrictions are in place on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Pike and San Isabel National Forests located Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, Pueblo and Saguache counties. Restrictions will remain in effect until they are rescinded.

The risk of human-caused fires is now very high to extreme and fire managers have decided to increase restrictions. Unless there is a significant change in the weather patterns, we will continue to experience a high potential for large, uncontrollable wildfires.

Visitors should be aware of hazardous conditions and be careful with the use of fire outdoors.


• Campfires, fire pits charcoal, tiki torches and candles are not allowed anywhere on national forest lands

• Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle, building or trailer.

• The use of portable stoves, gas grills and any propane gas device are allowed on the entire Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands.

Visitors are responsible for checking with their local U.S. Forest Service office or go to: for fire information and to learn about specific restrictions. Visitors should also be aware of weather conditions and be careful with the use of fire outdoors.

Fire Safety Message

• Know before you go—Understand and follow all fire bans, restrictions and closures. Visit for current fire restrictions across the state of Colorado.

Posted forest orders can be found under “Alerts & Notices” at:


This webpage will be updated as restrictions or conditions change. Thanks for checking.  Sheriff John Spezze


Click here for a direct link to the National Weather Service website page for our area.  Chaffee and Lake counties are in FIRE ZONE 220.

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