BANS AND ALERTS

Current Burn Bans, Alerts, Notices and Restrictions:

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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:

Pike National Forest – Prohibition of Motor Vehicles on Roads and Trails (02/08/2016)

SHOOTING RESTRICTIONS

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.

Pike National Forest – Occupancy and Use Restrictions/Manufactured Target Requirement (02/26/2016).

Within the Pike National Forest, here you may view shooting restriction maps for the Pike Ranger District (read more here) and the South Platte Ranger District (read more here).

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