Stage 2 fire restrictions begin at 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 29 for the entire White River National Forest. This order supersedes previous Stage 1 fire restrictions and is being imposed due to continuing high to extreme fire hazard conditions. Also effective today, Bureau of Land Management administered lands in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Summit counties are under Stage 2 fire restrictions.


Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.

The White River National Forest will be enforcing the following temporary restrictions:


•    Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, coal, wood burning stove or sheepherders stove, including in developed camp and picnic grounds. Devices with shut-off valves using pressurized liquid or gas are exempted; 

•    Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building;

•    Using an explosive including but not limited to fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets and tracers or incendiary ammunition;

•    Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor, and without a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher and a round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches that is readily available for use;

•    Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame except with a current permit, contract or letter of authorization;

•    Use of a motor vehicles off National Forest System roads, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway, and except for parking overnight in developed campgrounds and at trailheads.


Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.


“We are urging people to use extreme caution out there and be diligent in preventing any fires on the forest during the upcoming 4th of July holiday week.” said Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor for the White River National Forest. “Conditions are extremely dry and the weather outlook shows continued hot, dry windy conditions to come. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we all work together to prevent human-caused wildfires. ”


Fire restrictions on these lands will be in place until further notice. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.


For more information about fire restrictions, go to:



The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind hikers and visitors to familiarize themselves with routes, terrain, and mountain weather conditions prior to entering the backcountry.

the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado River Valley Field Office and six Fire Districts in Garfield County, (has announced they will enact Stage 2 fire restrictions, until further notice, on all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County.

This supersedes the previous Stage I Fire Restrictions and is being imposed due to continuing high to extreme fire hazard conditions.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions apply to all state and privately owned lands in Unincorporated Garfield County and are as follows:.
· No fires/campfires/stove fires, this includes wood or charcoal burning stoves and fireplaces in mountain cabins.
· No charcoal grills and no wood or coal fires for cooking purposes. This applies to personal and park charcoal grills or grates. Only natural gas or propane grills with a shut off valve shall be permitted. Allowed outdoor cooking fires shall be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished and cold.
· No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
· No operating of any combustion engine, including chainsaws,
· No welding, spark emitting cutting, or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame except for industrial use and then only with a Fire Department permit.
· No use of any explosive. All explosives are prohibited, including: blasting caps, exploding targets, bullets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc.
A complete list of restrictions can be found at KSNO. NEt

The Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center was able to locate a missing hiker late yesterday. Eighteen members of the all-volunteer Mountain Rescue Aspen search and rescue team began searching for the missing hiker around 7:50pm. She was identified as A 60-year-old woman from the Front Range area of Colorado, who failed to return from a hike near the Chapman campground. The Chapman campground is located roughly 29 miles east of Basalt, CO,

. The missing hiker was ultimately located at 9:50pm and was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital. All members of Mountain Rescue Aspen were out of the field by 11:55pm.