Pueblo County fire officials are easing fire restrictions. Current conditions are allowing the county to move from Stage II Restrictions back to Stage I Restrictions.
Fire officials say it’s a cautious move, but that recent rain and favorable weather forecasts are making this possible. They say temperatures may still be high, but the winds conditions are not as critical as they were in June. Officials also considered the availability of fire resources across the region.
The change means that outdoor smoking is again permitted IF there is a 3-foot clearing of any flammable material. People can now also do outdoor welding, and outdoor fires are permitted so long as flames are confined to grates in development camp sites. Fire pits are still not allowed even on private property. But charcoal grills are back on the okay list.
In a press release Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor reminds people that open flames are always a high risk, “The step down to Stage I came after a long discussion about what is appropriate given the conditions, and with the understanding that, while the situation may not be as dire as it was a month ago, this change is made with the expectation that citizen’s will remain as steadfast in their cooperation as they have been.”
Here are the Stage I Fire Restrictions:
-Open burning, except fires and campfires with constructed fire grates inside developed camp and picnic grounds, charcoal grills, and wood burning stoves at private residences. These areas must be cleared of all flammable materials. (Exemptions allowed for agricultural burning on a per case basis may be granted by appropriate fire jurisdiction)
-The sale or use of fireworks without a permit
-Outdoor smoking except inside a vehicle or stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of all flammable materials.