With the Waldo Canyon fire now fully contained and recent improved conditions, El Paso and Pueblo counties, as well as the city of Pueblo, have reduced the severity of fire restrictions from stage II to stage I.
Under stage I restrictions, anyone in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County is forbidden to use or sell fireworks. In Pueblo County, however, fireworks can be sold with a permit.
Both counties ban campfires except in permanently constructed fire grates.
Charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves are allowed, but only at private residences when all flammable materials have been cleared away. Liquid or gas fueled stoves are permitted.
Outdoor smoking is prohibited except at a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
El Paso County restrictions also ban explosives and welding, or use of a torch with an open flame near flammable materials. Such welding is allowed without strict provisions in Pueblo
Violations of these restrictions can be punished with a fine of up to $600.
The city of Colorado Springs also reduced fire restrictions Tuesday. The complete rules for that jurisdiction are here.
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