PUEBLO, Colo., October 24, 2016,Beginning October 25, 2016 Fire and Smoking Restrictions were placed on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Pike and San Isabel National Forests located within the counties of Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park, Teller, Colorado.  Restrictions will remain in effect until December 31, 2016 or until they are rescinded.

Fire danger is very high, the U.S. Forest Service will remain in fire restrictions until there is a weather changing event with sufficient levels of moisture.


The following acts are prohibited on U.S. Forest Service lands managed under Pike and San Isabel National Forests located within Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park and Teller Counties, Colorado:

  1.  Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. (This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, charcoal grills, hibachis, and coal or wood-burning stoves.)

EXCEPTIONS:  Campfires are permitted in U.S. Forest Service-developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, and only in U.S. Forest Service-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills.  Petroleum fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed on all National Forest System lands, provided such devices meet the Underwriters Laboratories specifications for safety.

  1.  Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation or while stopped in an area at least 3 (three) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all  flammable material.

Actions Permitted:

  1. Persons with a U.S. Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  2. Resident owners, lessees of land, and holders of U.S. Forest Service recreational use authorizations, within the restricted area are exempt from Prohibition 1 (one) above, provided such fires are within a permanent structure.
  3. Any Federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Even with the restrictions, visitors should be aware of weather conditions and be careful with the use of fire outdoors.  Visitors should check with their local U.S. Forest Service office or go to the web to learn about specific restrictions.