SALIDA, Colo. – The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Thursday implemented the fire ban restrictions imposed by Fremont and Chaffee Counties, and the Bureau of Land Management.

The restrictions ban all open fires within the AHRA at the designated recreation sites. Smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building or within an area that clear of vegetation and measures at least 3-ft. in diameter. However, propane and gas-fueled stoves with an on/off valve are allowed in all recreation sites within Chaffee and Lake County. In Fremont County, due to the type of fire ban restrictions in that county, no propane or gas-fueled stoves are allowed in recreation sites within Fremont County unless the stove is inside a recreational vehicle.

High fire danger due to high temperatures and windy conditions prompted local authorities to institute these restrictions. For further information, please visit AHRA’s website at http://www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/ArkansasHeadwaters.

The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between Colorado State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

Colorado State Parks get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

Contact:

Heather Wright, (719) 539-7289, ahra@state.co.us

Deb Frazier, (303) 866-3203 ext. 4342, deb.frazier@state.co.us

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