Southern Ute Reservation will elevate fire restrictions to Stage II


By Rich Gustafson

Special to The SUN

Due to continued high temperatures, extremely dry fuel conditions and the occurrence of recent wildland fires, Stage II fire restrictions are scheduled to be implemented for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, including lands within Archuleta County.

Current weather and fuel conditions are at historic levels and any fire has the potential to grow rapidly.  Everyone needs to be extremely cautious when out in the forest and outdoors this time of year.

Stage II Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Reservation.

The restrictions will become effective at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 2, and will remain until conditions improve.

For more information, call (970) 563-4571.