The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday removed fire restrictions in nine counties in southern and central Colorado.
The BLM says it removed Stage 1 and 2 restrictions, first put in place on Oct. 4, on bureau-managed lands in Alamosa, Chaffee, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Lake, Park, Saguache, and Teller counties.
The Gunnison, San Luis Valley and Royal Gorge field offices now no longer have fire restrictions in place.
Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit the “building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites.”
Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the “building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal barbecue, or grills are prohibited on federal lands.”
Bureau officials still warned the public to be careful when tending fires on BLM land.
“A lower fire danger doesn’t mean no fire danger,” BLM Front Range Fire Management Officer Ty Webb said. “Conditions vary by day and by location, we urge the public to be careful with fire and use common sense.”
The bureau said despite the removal restrictions on lands it manages, counties still may have restrictions in place.