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MONTROSE, Colo. – Stage II fire bans, issued by five western Colorado counties, have been implemented at CrawfordNavajoPaonia,Ridgway and Sweitzer Lake State Parks. The Stage II fire restrictions, issued by Archuleta, Delta, Gunnison, Montrose and Ouray counties, prohibit wood or charcoal fires and limit cigarette smoking to inside vehicles or RVs. Compressed gas fires with an off switch are still allowed. Use of fireworks is always prohibited at Colorado State Parks.

Photo of Colorado Wild Fires


“We hope everyone understands just how bad the fire danger is and recognizes the necessity of the fire bans,” said Kurt Mill, Northwest Regional Co-Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We will be strictly enforcing these county fire bans at state parks.”

With the fire danger high across the state, new fire bans are possible. Mill recommended that anyone who is planning a cookout or camp fire at a state park call ahead or check the park web site to learn about fire restrictions that may be in place.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see: To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see:

MONTROSE, Colo. – A water-filled wonderland in south-central Colorado is this week’s destination for the National Park Getaway.

Fewer than 12 inches of precipitation fall annually at Curecanti National Recreation Area, yet it is home to Colorado’s largest body of water. Blue
Mesa Reservoir is one of three reservoirs along the once wild Gunnison River that were created primarily to provide water storage in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

Well known for outstanding salmon and trout fishing, Curecanti also offers opportunities for hiking, boating, camping and bird watching. Beyond the lakes, you’ll find sagebrush covered mesas, tall cottonwood trees and lush undergrowth of willow, steep canyons, and areas of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen.

Fire restrictions are in effect until further notice:
• No open fires are allowed, including beach fires.
• Campfires must be in the grates provided in designated campgrounds.
• Cooking on charcoal or gas grills will be permitted.
• Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle, trailer, tent, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.

Curecanti National Recreation Area RV Camping

Curecanti National Recreation Area RV Camping

The recreation area’s 10 campgrounds have a variety of services to accommodate tents or recreational vehicles.

You’ll be hooked by the rugged beauty and recreational opportunities. This week’s National Park Getaway article at will lure you in.

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