Stricter fire restrictions start Friday

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Stricter fire restrictions start Friday

La Plata County and federal land agencies enact Stage 2 bans
Stricter fire restrictions are expected to be enacted this week throughout Southwest Colorado, which is in an "exceptional drought."
Stage 2 restrictions

Stage 2 Restrictions on unincorporated lands in La Plata County. Restrictions may be different depending on which agency manages lands being used.

No campfires, including in developed campgrounds and recreation areas. No charcoal or coal barbecues or wood burning stoves. Gas powered stoves are allowed if they are at least 3 feet away from flammable material such as grass. Stoves and fireplaces are allowed within homes if the chimney has a working spark arrestor. No smoking, except for in a building or vehicle. No welding or use of open-flame torches. No use of equipment with an internal combustion engine without a properly installed spark arresting device, including chainsaws, ATVs and generators. No use of chainsaws without a spark arresting device and a readily accessible fire extinguisher and shovel. No explosives such as fire works and tracer round bullets. No traveling off marked roads, trails and parking areas in cars or off-road vehicles.Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun is prohibited on all land in the San Juan National Forest. Exemptions may be granted under special circumstances through the Forest Service.

Stricter fire restrictions start Friday

Stricter fire restrictions are expected to be enacted this week throughout Southwest Colorado, which is in an "exceptional drought."
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