Fire restrictions rescinded on Medicine Bow-Routt and Thunder Basin


LARAMIE — Effective immediately, fire restrictions have been rescinded on all National Forest System lands managed by the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland.

This includes National Forest and Grassland in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties in northwest Colorado; Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, and Weston counties in Wyoming.

All areas remain in various stages of drought; however, the broad onset of snowy and colder weather has seasonally decreased fire danger.

National Forest and Grassland visitors are always advised to use caution when building and maintaining campfires. Make sure that campfires are thoroughly extinguished before leaving a fire unattended.  This is effectively done by stirring coals and other burned materials with water until cool. Even if your fire is a relatively small warming fire, the fire should be dead out before you leave the site. More details online.

Regarding ongoing wildfires, they have or will soon transition management back to local Forest resources. Engines will continue to patrol and monitor fires while conducting fire suppression repair work as possible.

Area closures on National Forest System lands remain in place for the East Troublesome, Middle Fork, and Mullen fires, and are re-evaluated weekly.

As dictated by changing conditions and fire behavior, fire information and updates will be provided by the USDA Forest Service on Twitter and on InciWeb. Facebook pages specific to the fires will no longer be updated.

Our offices are serving the public remotely and are available by phone. Call your local office for site-specific information.

Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, Saratoga, Wyo., (307) 326-5258

Douglas Ranger District, Douglas, Wyo., (307) 358-4690

Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (970) 870-2299

Forest Supervisor’s Office & Laramie Ranger District, Laramie, Wyo., (307) 745-2300

Parks Ranger District, Walden, Colo., (970) 723-2700

Yampa Ranger District, Yampa, Colo., (970) 638-4516

Additional information may be found on our website.

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