National forests enter Stage 2 fire ban

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All of Pike and San Isabel national forests are now under Stage 2 fire restrictions. The two forests extend into 14 Colorado counties, and nearly a quarter of Douglas County falls in Pike National Forest.

The Stage 2 ban means that absolutely no fires are allowed. Everything from campfires to charcoal grills is outlawed until further notice. Gas stoves and grills with a shut-off valve are permitted when used at a distance of three feet or greater from flammable material such as grass or pine.

Smoking is prohibited in the forest, except in an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building. All welding or other torches with open flame are also prohibited.

The use of items with internal combustion engines such as ATVS, generators or chain saws is only allowed with a USDA- or SAE-approved spark arrester.

No explosives or fireworks are allowed in the national forest, and motorized vehicles are prohibited off established roads or trails.

Visitors are encouraged to check with their local U.S. Forest Service office or visit www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for updates. 

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