Montrose Co. set to lift fire restrictions; local BLM to relax theirs

It’s been extremely dry across western Colorado this summer, but recent rains in the Uncompahgre Valley have led officials in Montrose County to decide to lift the summer-long fire restrictions there.

Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap has decided to lift the Stage 1 restrictions on open fires in all unincorporated parts of Montrose County as of 8 a.m. tomorrow. The ban is still in effect in the cities and townships of Montrose, Olathe, Nucla and Naturita.

“We encourage the public to remain cautious and use common sense when burning,” Sheriff Dunlap said in a press release.

Montrose County enacted their fire ban on May 20 earlier this year.

Mesa County has been under fire restrictions since June 28. However, BLM officials with the Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley offices plan to lower fire restrictions in their jurisdictions starting tomorrow. Those areas will still be under Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice.

Stage 1 fire restrictions allow for campfires in designated metal grates in developed campgrounds. Propane or backpacker stoves are permitted, but fires outside of designated grates are not allowed.


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