Rocky Mountain National Park announced a complete and total fire ban, effective Friday, August 14.

I literally just bought a fire pit, but it's fine, it's fine...

No really, it is fine, because this ban is exclusive to Rocky Mountain National Park, but I was bummed there for a second thinking it was for all of Colorado.

Due to the continued extreme fire danger in Colorado, extended weather forecast and current level of fire activity in the State of Colorado, park officials have have banned campfires and charcoal briquette fires.

However, petroleum fueled stoves and grills will still be permitted in developed campgrounds, picnic areas and in designated back-country campsites.

For your stove to be permitted, they must be able to be turned on and off. This might seem obvious, but smoking is also prohibited, except when within an enclosed vehicle or within a paved area devoid of vegetation for at least three feet.

Visitors are reminded to properly extinguish all lighted smoking materials and to dispose of them properly. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park.

Rocky Mountain National Park always has stage one fire restrictions in place, prohibiting campfires in the park except within designated campfire rings in picnic areas and front-country campgrounds.

The last time the park experienced a total fire ban and stage two fire restrictions was in  in July of 2018.

For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/romo or contact the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.

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