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White River National Forest rescinds Stage One fire restrictions

Daily Staff Report

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Stage One fire restrictions enacted on the White River National Forest on June 21, 2006, will be rescinded effective 12:01 a.m., Wed., Aug. 2.

Chris Farinetti, operations specialist for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, said the reason for the lifting of the restrictions was heavy rain in the High Country.

“We’ve been receiving rain for the last three weeks in the High Country,” Farinetti said. “But lower elevations, such as Bureau of Land Management land in the Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction areas, still have restrictions.”

Among the primary prohibitions under Stage One fire restrictions is a ban on all open burning and agricultural burning. With the restrictions lifted, campers may now set up fires in places other than designated fire grates in developed campgrounds.

The White River National Forest is joining several other forests and counties in Colorado in lifting restrictions, including: the Arapahoe/Roosevelt National Forest; the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest; the Pike/San Isabel National Forest; and Routt County.

Stage One fire restrictions are still in place for the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs field offices, as well as Garfield County, Eagle County, Pitkin County and Mesa County.

Farinetti said lifting Stage One restrictions on the White River National Forest did not mean fire restrictions wouldn’t be enacted at a point later in the summer.

“Down the road, if we have more hot and dry conditions, we may have to go back into restrictions,” he said.

Although recent rains have helped to lift restrictions, fuels are still dry, and the potential for fire remains.

The public should still use caution and is reminded that using fireworks is prohibited on federal land year-round.

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