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Sandhill Cranes Migrating
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Sandhill Cranes Migrating
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Sandhill Cranes Migrating
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Rio Grande River at Sunrise
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Rio Grande River at Sunrise
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Rio Grande River at Sunrise
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Early Morning Irrigation
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Early Morning Irrigation
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Early Morning Irrigation
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Rio Grande County Fire Restriction Information

The Rio Grande National Forest which surrounds most of Rio Grande County, is open for your enjoyment. 

We do have a Stage 1 Fire restriction, which means camp fires are allowed in established recreation areas in permanent fire pits only.  There are a few other restrictions you should know and understand.  Those can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/riogrande/alerts-notices.   The San Juan National Forest, which has a Stage 3 Fire Restriction in place, is 70 miles WEST of Rio Grande County as the crow flies.

So come stay with us and enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, or just watching nature in our beautiful forest.  We are open for business! Click here for more information.

Rio Grande County Stage 1 Fire Ban

In cooperation with the Rio Grande County Sheriff, Rio Grande County Commissioners and the South Fork Fire District. Effective on 6/18/2018 the South Fork Fire District will be placed under a Stage 1 fire restriction. The South Fork Fire District is any and all land West of Rio Grande County road 18 and Hwy.160 to the Summit of Wolf Creek pass and North on Hwy.149 toward Creede.

Due to the extreme dry weather conditions and the close proximity to Our National Forests, precautions are being taken to reduce the risk of potentially large fires that we are seeing in the Four Corner region. 

Stage 1 restriction   (No open burning)

  1. Fires, Campfires, or Stove Fires, including, but not limited to, Charcoal grills, Hibachis, and coal or wood burning stoves.

Exceptions Allowed:

Campfires in developed campgrounds or picnic grounds within provided, manufactured fire grates and grills.

Petroleum fueled stoves or lanterns that use gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.

Fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen.

  1. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  2. Chainsaws MUST have attached a USDA Forest Service or SAE approved arrester. Operators MUST have in their possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A and a round-pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches.
  3. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and MUST be in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A.
  4. Explosives, including fireworks, tracer bullets, and exploding targets.

This restriction will be in place until further notice.

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