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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Start Monday
Sheriff Says This is Most Severe Drought in His 38 years as Sheriff
Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028
June 4, 2018 -- (San Miguel County, CO) – Sheriff Bill Masters is ordering “Stage 2” fire restrictions to begin Monday, June 4th at 6am in unincorporated San Miguel County.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are also implementing Stage 2 restrictions to take effect Monday within the BLM Tres Rios Field Office and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument including BLM managed lands in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose counties, to include a portion of San Miguel County. The San Juan National Forest is also under Stage 2 restrictions, while the Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest is under Stage 1. (Check these links for updates on National Forest).
The following acts are prohibited under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on Tres Rios BLM lands and private land:
Exemptions to the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions include authorized activities of any Federal, State or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting effort in the performance of an official duty. Additionally, holders of permit exemptions and authorizations are allowed to conduct approved activities but are advised to take extra precautions to prevent fire starts.
Sheriff Masters said this is a necessary step to help prevent a wildfire. “In my 38 years as Sheriff, this is the most severe droughts I’ve seen in our county. People need to be vigilant and take fire risk seriously.”
The restrictions will be in effect for 14 days and could be extended by the Board of County Commissioners.
BLM Field Office map
The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980