Leadville News – July 20

Fire Ban Shifts Gears in Leadville Today

As residents in Lake County awake to another morning of smoky skies, Leadville Today received the following text message yesterday from Lake County Sheriff Rod Fenske:

“The forest service removed the fire ban for the entire San Isabel National Forest and I have followed and removed mine. The smoke we are seeing is from a fire in California.”

All fire bans in Leadville and Lake County have been lifted by Lake County Sheriff Rod Fenske as of July 19, 2018. Photo: Leadville Today/David Hahn

On Thursday afternoon, Leadville Today received the following press release from forest service officials regarding most of the public lands in Leadville and Lake County:

As of July 19, 2018 there are no fire restrictions for the San Isabel National Forest and the Pike National Forest changed to Stage 1 restrictions.

Fire managers utilize evaluation guidelines to determine the need for fire restrictions. The criteria examines many variables such as precipitation, wind events, relative humidity levels, temperatures, expected weather patterns, fuel dryness, drought conditions and available firefighting resources.

Fire and Smoking Restrictions are still in place on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) located on the Pikes Peak, South Park and South Platte Ranger District of the Pike National Forest. Restrictions will remain in effect until December 31, 2018 or until they are rescinded. 

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Firefighters crews work the lines at the Lake Christie Fire active in Eagle County, on the other side of the hill from Leadville Today. Photo: Eagle County Sheriff Office Facebook Page.

The most notable restriction on U.S. Forest Service lands managed under Pike National Forests located within Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park and Teller Counties, Colorado is

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. (This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, charcoal grills, hibachis, and coal or wood-burning stoves.)
  • EXCEPTIONS: Campfires are permitted in U.S. Forest Service-developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, and only in U.S. Forest Service-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills.  Petroleum fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed on all National Forest System lands, provided such devices meet the Underwriters Laboratories specifications for safety.
  • Visitors should be aware of weather conditions and be careful with the use of fire outdoors. Also, check with the local U.S. Forest Service and county offices or go to the web to learn about specific restrictions.

Know before you go – understand and follow all fire bans, restrictions and closures. Visit www.coemergency.com for current fire restrictions across Colorado or go to

 https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc Pike & San Isabel NF, Cimarron & Comanche NG. Readers can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter: @PSICC_NF


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