What it means: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on Pike and San Isabel National Forest

Posted at 6:50 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 20:50:43-04

There are fire restrictions starting on Forest Service and BLM land as we head into Memorial Day weekend. It is most, federal public land along the Front Range of Southern Colorado, but not the whole state.

Stage one restrictions mean limited burning, but not a complete ban. The forest service has created an interactive map showing the areas with restrictions. “If the area that you plan to go to is shaded, you will find that there is a fire restriction in effect in that area,” said United States Forest Service, Fire Prevention Technician, Gregg Goodland. You can also click on the dots to confirm a specific recreation area you might be going, is in the restricted area.

The decision to enact restrictions is based on long term weather patterns. "We didn’t get into fire restrictions just because it was dry last week. It takes us a long time. It’s a long trend that we’re evaluating,” said Goodland, “And when we make the decision to do that we’re also evaluating the future and the expected trends." The stage one restrictions are in place indefinitely.