Fire Restrictions Elevated In El Paso County

Due to extremely high fire danger and the demand of fire fighting resources to battle the Waldo Canyon Fire, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has elevated fire restrictions from Stage I to Stage II. The changes take place immediately.

The elevation primarily impacts campfire and smoking activities over those restrictions that have been in place during the stage 1 restrictions.

The following activities are prohibited during Stage II Fire Restrictions.

Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires, charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves, the use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flames other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.

The use or sale of fireworks of all kinds.

Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Violations of Stage II Fire Restrictions may result in a fine up to $1000.

“We, as a community, all have the responsibility to take those steps necessary to protect our community from the devastating effects of a wild land fire,” El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. “By following these restrictions and exercising caution during this dry weather, together we can make a significant difference in minimizing the risk of a fire and protecting our natural resources and personal properties.”

For more information on current fire restrictions and burn bans in southern Colorado, click on Find It on our home page.

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