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Campfire restrictions easing thanks to rain

July 11, 2013 Updated: July 12, 2013 at 8:55 am
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photo - The U.S. Forest Service dropped fire restrictions completely in the Salida and Leadville ranger districts. (AP file)
The U.S. Forest Service dropped fire restrictions completely in the Salida and Leadville ranger districts. (AP file) 

Campers headed to the high country this weekend can once again experience the seminal joy of toasting marshmallows and singing songs around the campfire.

Depending on where you're going, that is.

Thanks to recent rains and a declining fire risk, the U.S. Forest Service has reduced a total fire ban to stage 1 restrictions in much of Pike and San Isabel national forests, meaning fires are allowed in developed campgrounds only in the Pikes Peak, South Platte, South Park and San Carlos ranger districts.

The agency dropped fire restrictions completely in the Salida and Leadville ranger districts.

On land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds in Clear Creek, Custer, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Jefferson, Las Animas, Park, Pueblo, Saguache, and Teller counties.

Elsewhere, the White River National Forest has no restrictions, while to the southwest the Rio Grande National Forest remains under a total ban.

Many counties have also enacted bans on open burning on private property.

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