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Fire restrictions lifted on BLM, national forest lands in southwest Colorado

The San Juan Public Lands Center has lifted fire restrictions put in place earlier this summer on lower elevation and southern portions of the San Juan National Forest and BLM lands due to increased moisture levels.

Fire managers still recommend following these safety tips when visiting public lands:

• Dispose of cigarette butts in an ashtray or other appropriate container.

• Make sure chainsaws have working spark arresters and carry water, a shovel, and fire extinguisher when cutting firewood.

• Park your vehicle in areas cleared of vegetation, not over dry grasses.

• If you are in an area where campfires are allowed, use an established fire ring away from dry grass and dead trees, keep a shovel and water handy, and always put campfires completely out every time you leave camp.  Pour water on the ashes and stir until there is no smoke and ashes are cool to the touch.

• Fireworks are not allowed on public lands, even when restrictions are not in place.

 For more information, contact the San Juan Public Lands office in Pagosa Springs, 264-2268.

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