What are Stage I and Stage II FEDERAL Fire Restrictions?

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What are Stage I and Stage II FEDERAL Fire Restrictions?

Post by ParkBull » Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:09 am

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From Forest Service, USDA:

What are Stage 1 Fire Restrictions?

Prohibitions:

- No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire without a permit EXCEPT in Forest Service developed campgrounds or picnic grounds. The following actions are permitted outside a Forest Service developed campground (dispersed camping): petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specification for safety.
- No smoking unless in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material
- No operation welding, acetylene, or other torch with an open flame
- No operation or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order

Exemptions:

- Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission
- Resident owners and leasers of land within the restricted area are exempt from above restriction provided such fires are within the residence
- Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty
- There are a few, very specific exemptions from these prohibitions. Please contact the land manager for the area of interest to see if you meet the criteria for an exemption. For national forests and grasslands within the Rocky Mountain Region, please check the with the local Ranger District office.

What are Stage 2 Fire Restrictions?

Prohibitions:

- No building, maintaining, attending or using open fire, campfires or stove fires...ANYWHERE! It makes no difference whether you are inside or outside a Forest Service developed campground.
- No smoking unless in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or within a three foot diameter cleared to mineral soil

Exemptions:

- Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission
- Resident owners and leasers of land within the restricted area are exempt from above restriction provided such fires are within the residence
- Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty
- There are a few, very specific exemptions from these prohibitions. Please contact the land manager for the area of interest to see if you meet the criteria for an exemption. For national forests and grasslands within the Rocky Mountain Region, please check the with the local Ranger District office.

LOCAL DISTRICTS MAY IMPOSE THEIR OWN RESTRICTIONS. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THE STATUS IN YOUR AREA.

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