Tres Rios Field Office, Colorado
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2021
Contact: Deana Harms, Fire Mitigation, Education, Prevention Specialist, 970-216-3096
BLM implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Tres Rios Field Office
DOLORES, Colo. – Stage 1 fire restrictions begin June 17 for all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands administered by the Tres Rios Field Office within the boundaries of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, and San Miguel counties, including Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The restrictions align with local orders and guidelines to protect the public’s safety during high fire danger.
Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
Stage 1 fire restrictions on these lands will become effective at 12:01 a.m., MDT, June 17th, 2021 and will be in place until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. In addition, those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.
Fireworks are always prohibited on public lands. More information about fire prevention is available at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/get-involved/fire-prevention.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 11 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2020—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.
Tres Rios Field Office
Due to dry conditions and high fire danger, under authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (Title 43, United States Code, Section 1701, et. seq.) pursuant to Title 43, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 9212.2(a), the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office, including Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, is implementing fire restrictions for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, and San Miguel counties beginning June 17, 2021.
Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions the following acts are prohibited:
These fire restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on BLM-administered public lands in Colorado. These are:
The following persons are exempt from this order:
Executed in Dolores, Colorado, on this 17th day of June 2021.
Violation of this Fire Prevention Order is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both. (43 CFR 9212.4 and 18 U.S.C. 3571). Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator.