Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Place
Help us protect the San Juan National Forest.
Southwest Colorado is in extreme drought with continued hot, dry weather creating a critical fire environment. Stage I restrictions are effective June 16 at 12:01 a.m. until rescinded or replaced. Fire restrictions are designed to protect public safety and our area’s natural resources. Activities prohibited under Stage I restrictions include igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire outside of a permanent metal or concrete fire pit that the Forest Service has installed and maintained at its developed recreation sites. Read the full press release.
All restrictions are in effect across the resort and on the mountain including private land (i.e. the Plaza) where Purgatory operates. The following are PROHIBITED under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the San Juan National Forest:
- Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire (includes fires fueled by charcoal or briquettes) outside of a permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate that the Forest Service has installed and maintained at its developed recreation sites (campgrounds and picnic areas). $500 fine. EXCEPT: The use of a stove or grill solely fueled by liquid petroleum fuels, or a fully enclosed metal stove, grill, or sheepherder type stove with a chimney at least 5’ and a mesh screen spark arrestor.
- Smoking. Except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3’ in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. $300 fine.
- Operating a chainsaw without an effective and properly installed USDA- or Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)- approved spark arrestor, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (with a minimum 8 oz. capacity and rating of 2A) kept with the operator and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use. $300 fine.
- Blasting, welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame without being in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and keeping a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (with a minimum 8 oz. capacity and rating of 2A) with the operator. $300 fine.
- Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses, blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, tracers, and incendiary ammunition. $300 fine. $500 for exploding targets.