As of Friday, June 22, the city of Rifle banned nearly all fires at Rifle Mountain Park.
In a news release, the city said in light of the institution of Stage II fire restrictions by Garfield County, the Bureau of Land Management (Northwest Colorado District) the White River National Forest and the National Park Service at the Colorado National Monument, and after consultation with the Rifle Fire Protection District, City Manager John Hier directed restrictions be implemented at Rifle Mountain Park.
These restrictions prohibit:
• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, coal, wood burning stove or sheepherders stove, including in developed camping and picnic grounds. Devices using pressurized liquid or gas are exempted.
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, building or tent.
• Using an explosive requiring fuse or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets and tracers or incendiary ammunition.
• Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor and without chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (8 oz. capability by weight or larger and kept with the operator) and without one "O" or larger round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches that is readily available for use.
• Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame (except with a current permit, contract or letter of authorization and the welding area must be barren or cleared of all flammable material for 10 feet on all sides of the equipment).