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RIFLE, Colorado – With the annual hunting season approaching, fire officials are reminding hunters and other autumn recreationists to be extremely careful with fire this fall.

Although the fire season has been relatively quiet this summer in western Colorado, conditions are now lining up for increased fire activity. Grasses and other vegetation have dried with the end of the growing season and the approach of fall. Moisture in the shrubs and trees is also low given a lack of recent rain. And a large number of people are headed to the woods for early hunting seasons.

“Fire season is definitely not over this year, so we are asking folks to be particularly careful out there,” said Upper Colorado River Fire Management Officer Bill Hahnenberg.

Early morning campfires are common in hunting camps to take away the pre-dawn chill. Fire officials remind hunters to build fires in established fire rings in areas cleared of vegetation – and to ensure those fires are out cold before leaving camp.

“We are finding a number of campfires in hunting camps that are still burning while folks are hunting and the camp empty, particularly in the higher country in Eagle and Summit counties. Please take that extra step and make sure your fire is dead out before you leave camp,” Hahnenberg said.

In general, no broad fire restrictions are in place, but hunters and others are urged to call the Forest Service or BLM office in the area they plan to visit for any special restrictions or information.

DENVER, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office has posted its list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for 9 a.m., Nov. 12, at the state office. The 60 parcels in the sale total 22,647 acres and are located in four BLM Colorado Field Offices – Royal Gorge (Canyon City), Little Snake (Craig), White River (Meeker), and Grand Junction.

For the first time in Colorado, the sale will include geothermal leasing. One parcel of 799.2 acres with subsurface Federal mineral rights will be offered for geothermal development in Chaffee County, near the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort west of Buena Vista.

Protests of parcels being offered for lease must be in writing and delivered by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, by hand, postal delivery to the BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, Colo. 80215, or by fax to (303) 239-3799.

The BLM manages 256 million acres – more land than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

RIFLE, Colorado – The Rifle Police Department and Garfield County Crime Stoppers is looking for information regarding a series of burglaries to churches within the city limits of Rifle.

Within the last month, Rifle Police have responded to several church burglaries where each time, unknown persons have entered, stole electronic equipment, and caused damage to the buildings.

Crime Stoppers is searching for information that will lead to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect or suspects involved in this case.

People with information can remain anonymous and could earn up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at (970) 945-0101. Or contact Rifle Police at (970) 665-6500.

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