Due to current fire conditions and the anticipated elevated risk of wildfire, Stage 1 fire restrictions were put in place Thursday, July 5 on all National Forest System lands within the Sierra Madre Range and Snowy range on the Medicine Bow National Forest, excluding the Pole Mountain and Laramie Peak Unit.

Under the fire restriction, fires outside developed recreation sites, barbecue and charcoal grills and fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are banned. The order can be seen here.

The Forest Service says that fires inside metal rings at developed recreation sites, portable lanterns and stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted.

Smoking is also restricted in these areas, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area a least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

Information on the fire restrictions can be found on the Forest Service web page.