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Dinosaur National Monument, Mesa County lift fire restrictions

Craig Press staff report

The Yampa River winds through canyons in Dinosaur National Monument.

DINOSAUR — The National Park Service announced Thursday, Aug. 30 it will be lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions within Dinosaur National Monument on Friday, Aug. 31.

The cooler temperatures and rainfall during the past few weeks have helped reduced fire danger, but monument visitors are still reminded to be cautious with fire, as some areas might contain substantial amounts of dry vegetation. Smoking should only be done in cleared areas. Extinguish all campfires with water and dirt until the embers are cool to touch.

The use of fire by visitors in the monument is regulated to protect monument resources and visitors. In developed areas, such as campgrounds and picnic areas, open wood fires are restricted to the monument-installed metal fire rings or grills. In the back country and along the river, campfires are permitted only in designated areas.

For more information about the fire regulations within Dinosaur National Monument, visit the National Park Service’s website at nps.gov/dino.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Grand Junction are also lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions Friday, and the Bureau of Land Management office in Grand Junction is lifting Stage 1 2 restrictions on public lands in Mesa and Garfield counties.

Fall wildfires remain a possibility in Mesa County. The public is asked to remain cautious with activities that could start fires and to be vigilant when burning or using fires outdoors, especially in heavily forested and grassy areas. Conditions will be monitored, and restrictions will be adjusted accordingly.