Fire Restrictions


The monsoon season has provided enough measurable rainfall to moderate wildland fire danger in San Juan County Colorado. Stage I Fire restrictions will be rescinded on Thursday July 30, 2020 as of 6:00PM.  This action aligns with the San Juan National Forest rescinded fire restrictions.

“Fire danger has moderated with a good start to the monsoon season. Practice good outdoor fire safety. It is everyone’s responsibility.” stated Fire Warden and San Juan County Sheriff, Bruce Conrad.

Practice these principles of outdoor fire safety:

  • Clear all flammable material within three feet of campfire rings
  • Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep fires small and manageable.
  • Extinguish fires completely. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave it alone. Every campfire should be put DEAD OUT before leaving it.

(May 28 - July 30, 2020)

Propane grills and stoves are allowed

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas.

  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, 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 vegetation.

  3. Using explosive material: (i.e.: fireworks, blasting caps or any incendiary device which may result in the ignition of flammable material.)

  4. Welding, or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame.

  5. Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either:

    1. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or

    2. Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335 (b) and J350

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Illustration