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Posted on: June 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Stage I Fire Restrictions in Place for Unincorporated San Miguel County, Public Lands

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To learn more about regional restrictions, please visit West Slope Fire Info.

What are STAGE 1 Fire Restrictions?

STAGE 1 Fire Restrictions help land management agencies reduce fire risk and prevent wildfires during periods of high to extreme danger.


1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes charcoal barbecues and grills (see exceptions below).

Exceptions: Enclosed charcoal grilling and gas propane grills with an on-off switch for flames are PERMITTED. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites is permitted.  The use of portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen is also permitted.

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

3. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.

4. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

5. Using an explosive. This includes fireworks (and please remember that fireworks are always prohibited on public lands).

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