Fire restrictions lifted for BLM lands south of I-70

Posted at 3:08 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 17:08:17-04

Fire restrictions have been lifted for Bureau of Land Management lands south of I-70 Tuesday.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office has lifted fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands in the following Colorado counties Chaffee, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Lake, Las Animas, Park, Pueblo, and Teller.

According to a release, the decision follows improvements in current weather conditions. Monsoonal flows have brought higher humidity and more moisture to the area, improving fire dangers.

Wildland fire managers say there is a downward trend in fire danger throughout the area. Campfires are now allowed in designated fire grates in developed campgrounds and while dispersed camping on lands managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office.

Visitors are urged to clear all burnable materials within three feet of campfires, to keep fires small and make sure to extinguish them completely, and to never leave a campfire unattended.

The BLM wants to remind all people fireworks are always illegal on federally managed lands.