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CSFD Responds to a Grass Fire in Red Rock Canyon
Monday, March 18, 2013

Colorado Springs, Colo – The Colorado Springs Fire Department was called to a reported grass fire in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space at 4:15pm on March 14, 2013. As fire crews arrived, they called for additional resources due to the warm and windy weather conditions. When fire crews were able to access the area, they found a fire burning on a ridge in the grass and shrubs. CSFD was able to quickly contain the fire and had it under control within two hours. The fire did not threaten any structures and burned approximately five acres.

While working to contain the fire, crews found a model rocket, confirming the reports that 911 dispatchers had received. Fire investigators were called to the scene to collect evidence and analyze the area. The investigator has ruled this fire accidental and caused by a model rocket.

CSFD does allow model rocket launches in accordance with the 2009 International Fire Code (IFC) and amendments as adopted. Currently, the City is not under any Fire Restrictions or Burn Bans, however, during a Citywide Fire Restriction or Burn Ban, a special permit is required for groups, clubs or organizations wanting to launch model rockets. Applicants shall obtain a no fee, temporary-use special permit at the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), Fire Department Complex located at 375 Printers Parkway.

With wildfire danger being a year-round threat, CSFD asks the community to please be extremely careful while outdoors and to use good judgment while enjoying our beautiful parks and open space.