Fire restrictions lifting October 28 on San Juan National Forest

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Durango, Colo., October 27, 2020 – The majority of the San Juan National Forest has received measurable rain and snowfall, and fire danger has moderated. Fire restrictions on the San Juan National Forest will be rescinded at 12:01 a.m. on October 28, 2020. This means that beginning on October 28, visitors to the forest may have a campfire.

In spite of the rain, snow, and increased humidity, San Juan National Forest officials remind visitors to always practice fire safety. "Forest visitors need to remain diligent and prevent human-caused fire," said Richard Bustamante, Fire Staff Officer for the San Juan National Forest. "While fire danger has moderated enough to rescind fire restrictions, it doesn’t mean fire danger is completely gone."

Visitors are encouraged to 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. Every campfire should be put DEAD OUT before leaving it.
  • For information on the San Juan National Forest, call (970) 247-4874, visit the forest website, or follow us on social media (Twitter and Facebook).