Beginning Thursday August 20th 2020, Stage I fire restrictions go into effect on the San Juan National Forest.
No campfires will be allowed outside of a permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate that the Forest Service has installed at its developed recreation sites (campgrounds and picnic areas). Charcoal grills are prohibited. Smoking, chainsaw use, welding, and use of explosives are also restricted.
- 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.