COLORADO — “They’re actually pretty good with a microwave.” Laura Gray who is camping at Lake Pueblo State Park is talking about s’mores. She is on-board with the no outdoor burning restrictions just announced by Colorado Governor Jared Polis. “In the light of the wildfire situation, I just feel like it's just kind of something we need to deal with, we need to be smart, we need to be safe. It's obviously really dry."
The statewide open fire ban went into place August 19, 2020. It lasts for 30 days. Specifics of what is permitted and what is not is being drafted through the Governor’s Office. In the interim, many are expecting regulations similar to Stage 2 fire restrictions. It means nothing that burns or can cause a spark. Outdoor gas grills with a on/off valve are typically permitted.
Local U.S. Forest Service and BLM leaders plan to examine burn rules on federal land this week. They typically align with state and local regulations.