Federal, local agencies reopen public lands

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Federal, local agencies reopen public lands

U.S. Forest Service says rain last weekend improved conditions
The 416 Fire burns in the background on the south side of the Hermosa Creek drainage past the Hermosa Creek Campgrounds on June 9. After the fire started, the San Juan National Forest enacted Stage 3 restrictions and closed the San Juan National Forest. Most of the forest reopened Thursday.
Most of the San Juan National Forest reopened Thursday after being closed because of Stage 3 fire restrictions.
Stage 2 fire restrictions

Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit:
Building, maintaining, attending or using an open flame, including fire, campfire, stove fire, charcoal grills and barbecues, coal- and wood-burning stoves, and devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using liquid fuel such as white gas or kerosene. This prohibition applies to the entire San Juan National Forest, including wilderness and developed camping and picnic grounds.Except: Devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using pressurized gas canisters (isobutene or propane) that include shut-off valves, or within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building.Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.Operating or using any internal combustion engine (e.g. chain saw, generator, ATV) without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained and in working order meeting USDA Forest Service or SAE approval.Operating a chain saw without an approved spark-arresting device, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity by weight or larger and kept with the operator) and a round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use, or outside of the “Hoot Owl” restricted hours of 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets and tracers or incendiary ammunition.Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun.Possessing or using a motor vehicle off established roads, motorized trails or established parking areas, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the vehicle.

Federal, local agencies reopen public lands

The 416 Fire burns in the background on the south side of the Hermosa Creek drainage past the Hermosa Creek Campgrounds on June 9. After the fire started, the San Juan National Forest enacted Stage 3 restrictions and closed the San Juan National Forest. Most of the forest reopened Thursday.
Most of the San Juan National Forest reopened Thursday after being closed because of Stage 3 fire restrictions.
Do you support reopening the San Juan National Forest after a weekend of rain, despite recent extreme fire danger?

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