Beginning Friday August 21st 2020 at 12:01 a.m., Stage I restriction begins on The Rio Grande National Forest.
- Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire (including fires fueled by
charcoal or briquettes) outside of a permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate
that the Forest Service has installed and maintained at its developed recreation
sites (campgrounds and picnic areas). 36 CFR § 261.52(a).
- 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 materials. 36 CFR § 261.52(d).
- Operating a chainsaw without an effective and properly installed USDA- or Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE)- approved spark arrestor, a chemical pressurized fire
extinguisher (with a minimum 8 oz. capacity and rating of 2A) kept with the operator,
and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available
for use. 36 CFR § 261.52(j).
- Blasting, welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame without being
in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and keeping a chemical pressurized
fire extinguisher (with a minimum 8 oz. capacity and rating of 2A) with the operator.
36 CFR § 261.52(i).
- Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses, blasting caps, fireworks,
rockets, exploding targets, tracers, and incendiary ammunition. 36 CFR § 261.52(b).
Click HERE to see the full fire restrictions order.