Rocky Mountain National Park officials announced new fire restrictions yesterday. Due to the continued extreme fire danger, extended weather forecast and current level of fire activity in the state of Colorado, a new restriction has been placed on smoking. Smokers must be in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed site such as a campground or picnic area, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
Existing regulations include:
• Fires, including grills and charcoal briquettes, are permitted only in designated areas and sites where a metal fire ring or grate is provided.
• Campfires or grills are not permitted anywhere else in the park.
• Petroleum fueled stoves are permitted in designated backcountry campsites by permit only, and in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
• Fireworks are always prohibited within the park.