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Fire restrictions are changing across several jurisdictions within the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit region, and the public is urged to check with local offices before heading out this weekend.
The following areas will remain in Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice:
• The Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest
• All Bureau of Land Management lands within Garfield, Pitkin and Summit counties; and all BLM lands in Eagle County within the Roaring Fork Valley
• Private lands within Garfield, Pitkin and Summit counties (check with counties for specific rules and exceptions)
The following areas will lift current fire restrictions effective May 20, 2020:
• The Aspen-Sopris, Blanco, Eagle-Holy Cross, and Rifle ranger districts of the White River National Forest
• All Bureau of Land Management lands within Eagle County outside of the Roaring Fork Valley
• Private lands within Eagle County (check with county for specific rules and exceptions)
Officials consider a number of criteria when determining the need for fire restrictions, including current and anticipated fire danger, resource availability, and consistency with neighboring jurisdictions. Local, county, state and federal officials within the UCR area evaluate and coordinate fire restrictions weekly during fire season.
Land managers urge the public to be extremely careful in areas where fires are allowed and ensure campfires are completely out before leaving camp.
Remember that fireworks are prohibited on Federal land.
Special to the Herald Times