News Release: Bureau of Land Management- Tres Rios Field Office

News Release
Southwest District, Colorado
Contact: Deana Harms, Fire Mitigation, Education, Prevention Specialist, 970-403-5576

BLM Rescinds Fire Restrictions in Gunnison, Tres Rios, and Uncompahgre Field Offices

MONTROSE, Colo. – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands administered by the Gunnison, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre Field Offices rescind fire restrictions on July 1, 2022, except for the annual restriction for Durango Special Recreation Management Area within Durango city limits and La Plata County to include
the BLM lands of Grandview, Animas City Mountain, and Skyline areas. The rescinded orders apply to the public land managed by BLM within the boundaries of Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Gunnison, La Plata, Montrose, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel and portions of Hinsdale and Saguache counties,
including Canyon of the Ancients, Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, and the Uncompahgre Field Office side of Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area.


“The recent rains have lowered fire danger indices within the Southwest District and the area is forecasted to receive more in coming weeks,” said Southwest District Fire Management Officer Brandon Lewis. “We ask the
public to continue exercising safe practices and recreate responsibly on public lands to prevent wildfires.”


Visitors are encouraged to practice these outdoor fire safety principles:

  • Make a fire only if you have sufficient water to put it out completely and a shovel.
  • Clear all flammable material within three feet of campfire rings.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep fires small and manageable.
  • Extinguish fires completely using the water, stir, water repeat method. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. Every campfire should be cold before leaving it.

Fire restrictions on these lands will be rescinded at 12:01 a.m., MDT, Friday, July 1, 2022. Fireworks are always prohibited on public lands. More information about fire prevention is available at: For West
Slope Fire Information visit


2022 Resolutions


BOCC Meetings

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Workshop Meetings



Jim Candelaria (District 1) Phone: (970) 749-3841

Vice Chairman

Kent Lindsay (District 2) Phone: (970) 560-1471

Commissioner of Deeds

Gerald Koppenhafer (District 3) Phone: 970-749-0262
Contact Montezuma County Vice-Chairman, Jim Candelaria  (District 1)
Contact Montezuma County Commissioner Kent Lindsay (District 2)
Contact Montezuma County Commissioner Gerald Koppenhafer (District 3)

There are currently NO Fire restrictions in Montezuma County

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