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Burn ban now in effect in Colorado Springs

WATCH: Colorado Springs Fire Department enacts burn ban effective Monday at noon
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 7:29 AM MDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 6:45 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A lack of meaningful spring moisture combined with human behavior have combined to make this an especially dangerous fire period along the Front Range.

WATCH full presser at the top of this article.

Fires keep popping up across the region, and the vast majority have had one significant common denominator: they were human-caused.

In just the last few weeks, the state has seen fires started by welding, from a car losing a wheel, from a drone crash, from a fire pit, from a cigarette, and from a catalytic converter underneath a deputy’s vehicle. Many of the fires threatened homes and forced evacuations.

With no end in sight, the Colorado Springs Fire Department has enacted a fire ban, which went into effect Monday at noon.

“The Colorado Springs Fire Department, by and through its Division of the Fire Marshal, has determined that measures are necessary to heighten fire hazard awareness and further reduce fire risks to protect the health and safety of our community. Therefore, due to current and forecasted drought conditions, exceptionally dry fuel moisture levels, increases in grass fire occurrence on undeveloped areas of Colorado Springs, as well as the earlier than normal National Preparedness Level of 2, the City of Colorado Springs has enacted a Burn Ban Order,” the fire department said in a statement.

Look over the below graphic to see what is and what isn’t allowed during a burn ban:

CSFD burn ban
CSFD burn ban(CSFD)

For those tempted to disregard the above guidelines, a warning: it was human actions that caused two of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history, Waldo Canyon and Black Forest.

To prevent another devastating fire takes all of us working together and practicing fire safety at all times.

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