Current Burn Bans, Alerts, Notices and Restrictions:
- Teller County (Office of Emergency Management)
- Douglas County (Sheriff’s Website)
- Pike and San Isabel National Forests (USDA/US Forest Service)
- Statewide Colorado Fire Ban Map (Colorado Office of Emergency Management)
NIXLE is an electronic alert system that allows local, state and federal agencies to immediately deliver important information to subscribers. Simply enter the ZIP codes you wish to receive notices for, and all alerts will be emailed and/or text-messaged to you. These alerts cover everything from local road closures, burn bans/restrictions, all the way up to large incidents. This service is free. Sign up at www.nixle.com.
MOTOR VEHICLE USE MAPS (MVUM)
Mountain Communities Fire Protection District covers forest areas of the Pikes Peak, South Platte, and South Park Ranger Districts. You can find downloadable maps in PDF format for all the motorized vehicle trails in these areas at the following location:
PIKE NATIONAL FOREST RESTRICTIONS AND REGULATIONS
The following maps detail the usage restrictions within the Ranger Districts served by Mountain Communities VFD.
ROAD AND TRAIL CLOSURES
Please remember it is your responsibility to learn of, and comply with, vehicle and road restrictions on national forest land. Here are the most recent road use changes for our area:
On March 3rd, 2014, and again on February 26, 2016, the USDA issued orders describing new prohibitions on firearm use in Pike and San Isabel National Forests. These orders are in response to the growing number of incidents caused by firearm misuse. They address WHERE you may and may not perform recreational shooting, and what types of TARGETS are allowed for use within Pike National Forest. It is your responsibility as a gun owner/user to learn of and comply with all regulations within forest boundaries.
SHOOTING DEATH IN RAINBOW FALLS
On July 3, 2015, a very unfortunate shooting incident resulted in the death of a man at his campsite in our district. This death would not have happened if the rules for recreational shooting had been observed. PLEASE know the rules for the areas you intend to shoot in, and always follow them. Reckless acts such as these are how we lose the freedoms we cherish.
Here are several articles about this tragic incident:
• Deadly shooting in Pike National Forest creates gun debate
• Man killed by errant bullet in Pike National Forest highlights growing problem
• Recreational shooting banned in section of Pike National Forest