Fourth Over But Fire Danger Remains

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Residents need to stay alert. The Fourth of July may be over, but high fire danger remains.

Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in effect for Pueblo County. The City of Pueblo is also still under high fire danger restrictions.

Stage II and High Fire Danger restrictions include:

1. No outdoor welding.
2. No outdoor smoking.
3. No fireworks sale or use.
4. No recreational burning (to include enclosed fires such as
chimineas or backyard fireplaces, barrels, or pits)
5. No charcoal grill (propane/gas grilling is still permitted)
6. No campfires or agricultural burns.

According to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office there were over 40 violations of the ban countywide, but only nine minor fires broke out in the city.

In a news release, Pueblo City Fire Chief Christopher Riley said he is cautiously optimistic, “There are storms in the forecast later this week. If the rains come, it may be just what we need to life our restrictions. But it has been so dry for so long, that we would have to see substantial rainfall in order to life the restrictions. We’re watching closely.”

Riley says that most residents have been respectful of the ban but he encourages them to remain diligent. He also asks them to call on any violations because the fire danger is still extreme.

“With the possibility of rain, which we all know we need, comes the risk of fires igniting by lightning strike. We will be relying on alert citizens reporting flames or columns of smoke in the remote areas of the county,” added Riley.


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  • by Nic on Jul 6, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    lol Who enforces these bans in Colorado Springs? My family and I sat in our backyard and watched all the illegal displays by our neighbors starting from 9 p.m., and they continued well after 12 midnight. There is a police station less than a mile away as the crow flies. No one came out and stopped it. In a strange way, it demonstrates that if Americans want to do something, no law, ban, warning, threat of fine or imprisonment (or danger of burning the city down) is going to stop them.
  • by ML Location: pueblo on Jul 5, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    Wow, "Notstupid" you're chipper. Perhaps they are just making sure that people don't misunderstand and think that the fire restrictions were LIFTED because the 4th is over. There has been a lot of coverage about dryness and "fourth of July" fireworks. It's not unreasonable to think that some people may believe they can again engage the other activities listed in the story. Lighten up a bit.
  • by Notstupid on Jul 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    What, you people think the dry weather plans itself around the fourth of July?! We aren't STUPID, anyone with brains can walk outside and see, hmm gee it's still dry outside.
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