Fire Restrictions in US Forests in Chaffee County

SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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:
719-539-3648
Records Fax: 719-539-1077
Email: records@chaffeesheriff.org





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As of May 22, 2018

US Forest Service enact ban

Beginning May 22, 2018 fire and smoking restrictions were placed on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) located on the Pikes Peak, South Park and Salida Ranger Districts of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, according to a news release from the Forest Service.
Restrictions will remain in effect until December 31, 2018 or until they are rescinded.
In parts of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests the fire danger is very high. Unless the U.S. Forest Service sees a significant change in the weather patterns soon, we will experience a high potential for large fires.
Fire and Smoking Restrictions
The following acts are prohibited on U.S. Forest Service lands managed under Pike and San Isabel National Forests located on the Pikes Peak, South Park and Salida Ranger Districts within Douglas, El Paso, Park (Excluding Park County lands on the South Platte Ranger District), Teller, Fremont, Custer, Chaffee and Saguache Counties in Colorado. (See website for detailed maps https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc):

1 Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. (This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, charcoal grills, hibachis, and coal or wood-burning stoves.)
Exceptions: Campfires are permitted in U.S. Forest Service-developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, and only in U.S. Forest Service-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills. Petroleum fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed on all National Forest System lands, provided such devices meet the Underwriters Laboratories specifications for safety.

2 Smoking, except 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.
Actions Permitted

1 Persons with a U.S. Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
2 Resident owners, lessees of land, and holders of U.S. Forest Service recreational use authorizations, within the restricted area are exempt from Prohibition Number 1 listed above, provided such fires are within a permanent structure.
3 Any Federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
Even with the restrictions, visitors should be aware of weather conditions and be careful with the use of fire outdoors. Visitors should check with their local U.S. Forest Service office or go to the web to learn about specific restrictions.
Visit www.coemerency.com for current fire restrictions across the State of Colorado

 

 

 

 

AS of MAY 10, 2018

RED FLAG WARNING  FOR MAY 10, 11, 12, 2018

NO OPEN BURNING ALLOWED, NO REFUSE OR TRASH, NO YARD DEBRIS, NO DITCHES. HIGH WINDS ARE EXPECTED TODAY INSTITUTING THIS BAN

 

 

AS of MAY 1, 2018

Just a reminder all controlled burns MUST be called in to Chaffee Dispatch at 719-539-2596. Any burns such as yard debris, burn barrels, and ditch burns must be called in to Dispatch and must be completely extinguished by NOON.

AS of April 30, 2018

NO RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE AT THIS TIME. PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN BURNING.

Posted forest orders can be found under “Alerts & Notices” at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices

AS OF 04/30/2018  Fire danger rating in the valley is: HIGH

AS OF 04/30/2018 Fire danger rating in the portions of San Isabel National Forest and BLM lands that lie within Chaffee County is: HIGH

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AS of April 17, 2018

NO OPEN BURNING ALLOWED, NO REFUSE OR TRASH, NO YARD DEBRIS, NO DITCHES. HIGH WINDS ARE EXPECTED TODAY  INSTITUTING THIS BAN.

 

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As of April 10, 2018

A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT IN CHAFFEE COUNTY THRU APRIL 12, 2018.

NO OPEN BURNING IS ALLOWED!

Relative Humidity is between 9-12% with wind gusts to 35mph.

The National Weather Service advises HIGH FIRE DANGER

Critical fire weather conditions will spread across much of Southern Colorado Wednesday and Thursday as strong winds move into the region. Please avoid any activities that could start a wildfire.

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AS OF 04/12/2018 Fire restrictions in those portions of San Isabel National Forest and BLM lands that lie within Chaffee County: RED FLAG WARNING, NO OPEN FIRES ALLOWED.

 

 

Posted forest orders can be found under “Alerts & Notices” at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices

AS OF 04/12/2018  Fire danger rating in the valley is: HIGH

AS OF 04/12/2018 Fire danger rating in the portions of San Isabel National Forest and BLM lands that lie within Chaffee County is: HIGH

 

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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