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.