Burn restrictions put in place for Colorado Springs starting Wednesday at noon

Colorado Springs is currently under burn restrictions, with the rest of El Paso County under similar fire restrictions, as of Wednesday afternoon.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 3:10 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 6:14 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) announced burn restrictions would be put in place starting Wednesday at noon.

Click here for more information on what is and isn’t allowed, or view the graphic at the bottom of this article.

Fire Marshal Brett Lacey told 11 News that although outdoor cooking and at-home fires are still allowed under these restrictions, people should be careful when doing so.

Lacey also said warming and cooking fires at homeless camps in “open grassy or brushy areas” are prohibited under these restrictions.

“We’ve got nearly half a million folks here, which are very good detectors,” Lacey said, “so if they detect a hostile fire or see smoke that shouldn’t be there... make sure they make a 911 call right away so we can get there as fast as possible.”

“The Colorado Springs Fire Department, by and through its Division of the Fire Marshal, determines measures are necessary to maintain fire hazard awareness and continue to reduce fire risks in order to protect health and safety which are essential,” part of a notice on CSFD’s website reads. “Therefore, due to current and forecasted weather conditions, limited increases in moisture levels, and ongoing grass fire occurrence on undeveloped areas of Colorado Springs, Burn Restriction Order 2022-R3 is in effect for the City of Colorado Springs.”

Violators could face up to a $2,500 fine and jail time.