Last updated 2:23AM ET
December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Fire Restrictions Take Effect
(2007-07-02)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Fire restrictions take effect today on San Juan Public Lands across most of Southwest Colorado.
La Plata County officials are also being asked to impose restrictions.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: LaPlata County Commissioners will be asked this afternoon to enact stage one restrictions, the same as what took effect today on public lands.
Pamella Wilson of the San Juan Public Lands Center explains what's allowed under stage one restrictions.
WILSON: YOU ARE LIMITED TO HAVING CAMPFIRES WITHIN A PERMANENT FIRE RING WITHIN A DEVELOPED FOREST SERVICE OR BLM CAMPGROUND. SO IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T HAVE A CAMPFIRE, IT JUST MEANS YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT WITHIN THAT GRATE. SMOKING IS LIMITED TO VEHICLES, BUILDINGS OR AN AREA THAT IS THREE FEET WIDE AND CLEARED OF ANY VEGETATION. CHAINSAWS AND OTHER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES MUST HAVE APPROVED SPARK ARRESTERS. WE ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO CARRY A SHOVEL AND WATER WITH THEM JUST IN CASE THEY SEE A FIRE START.
Fireworks are always forbidden on public lands.
The federal restrictions in effect as of today are in an area bounded by the west and south state lines, on the east by highway 84 east of Pagosa Springs, and on the north by highway's 160 to Mancos, then Highway 184 to oMcPhee Reservoir, along the Dolores River, and then along the Dolores/San Miguel county line.
There have already been more than 100 fires in Southwest Colorado this summer, most of those in June, with the worst part of the fire season yet to come.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.

TAG: Fire restrictions have also been put in place at Mesa Verde National Park, forbidding any open fires, anywhere, including campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking at Mesa Verde is also restricted to inside vehicles only.
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