Fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest were removed on Wednesday, Sept. 25, as a result of recent rains and future weather forecasts, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.
Wetter conditions returned to the Eldorado National Forest just in time for deer hunting season to begin on Saturday. Crabtree reminds forest visitors that they still have a responsibility to build safe campfires in accordance with campfire permit regulations.
Campfire permits are available free-of-charge at all Eldorado National Forest offices. They will also be available at special fire prevention information stations that will be staffed on Friday night and Saturday morning at the following locations: Cleveland Corral off the Ice House Road, on the Mormon Emigrant Trail near Bonetti Road, at the Georgetown Ranger Station in Georgetown and at the intersection of Ellis Road and Highway 88.
Forest officials say that this is the time of the year when wind becomes the fire problem in the forest. Campfires should not be built when the wind is blowing.
“It’s important that people drown their campfire and test it with their hand to make sure there’s no heat in it before leaving it unattended,” said Crabtree.