Southern Ute Reservation Initiates Stage I Fire Restrictions

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Due to the current high temperatures, dry fuel conditions and occurrence of recent wildland fires, Stage 1 fire restrictions have been implemented for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Everyone on reservation lands is asked to be very cautious and use common sense with fire this time of year. Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.


General Public:

Prohibited acts:

  • OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.
  • AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.
  • CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.
  • FIREWORKS. Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling 970-563-4571. Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code. The Restrictions will become effective at 6 A.M., Monday, May 11, 2020 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

United States Department of the Interior, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, Southern Ute Agency, P.O. Box 315, Ignacio, Colo. 81137

To report fires contact: DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH 970-385-1324

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact: BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT 970-563-4571 or SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPT. 970-563-4401

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