the recommendation the local fire chiefs, the La Plata County Board of
County Commissioners lifted the Stage I fire restrictions in La Plata
County, which includes all private lands in the county south of US
Highway 160. This excludes private lands in the towns of Bayfield,
Ignacio, Durango as well as federal and Tribal lands
the fire restrictions have been lifted, residents must obtain a burn
permit from their local fire department for all fires other than
agricultural or recreational (defined below). To receive a permit,
Durango Fire Protection District (for properties in the Animas Valley
corridor from the north county line to New Mexico), complete a permit at
www.durangofirerescue.org/prevention.html or call 382-6023.
• Upper Pine Fire Protection District (for properties east of Bayfield north to Vallecito), call 884-9508;
Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District (for properties in west La
Plata County near Hesperus to the state line on Highway 140), call
Los Pinos Fire Protection District (for properties in southeastern La
Plata County and surrounding Ignacio), call 563-9501.
Immediately prior to any burn, residents should notify dispatch at 385-2900, or 563-4401 in the Ignacio area.
are not required for agricultural burns on land designated as
agricultural by the Assessor’s Office. No permit is required for
recreational fires, defined as “an outdoor fire burning materials other
than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an
incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a
total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in
height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar
purposes." A 25-foot setback from structures is required for
originally enacted fire restrictions on July 1 to mitigate high fire
danger in La Plata County due to a lack of precipitation and extremely
Although the fire restrictions have been lifted, residents are still urged to exercise caution when burning.