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City of Colorado Springs Enacts Fire Restrictions
Wednesday, June 12, 2013


NEWS RELEASE
June 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, June 15– Lack of precipitation and continued high temperatures have left the City of Colorado Springs with EXTREMEwildland fire danger. Dry conditionsand above normal temperatures have resulted in low fuelmoistures. Trees and brush are at critically low levels which make them vulnerable to ignition.

"In addition to critically low fuel moistures, aerial and ground resources around the state are committed to fighting fires." said Fire Marshal Brett Lacey.

Interim Fire Chief Tommy Smith has determined that, “fire restrictions in the City will go into effect Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00PM MDTand will stay in effect until weather and fuel conditions improve.

 

Burn Restrictions

 

Burn Ban

 

Blasting, Welding and Torches

Yes, by permit ONLY

Yes, by permit ONLY

Bonfires

No

No

Model Rockets

Yes, by permit ONLY

No

Open / Prescribed Burning

No

No

Outdoor Smoking

Smoking materials must be disposed of in a non-combustible container

Smoking materials must be disposed of in a non-combustible container

 

Recreational Fires

 

 

No

No

Fireplaces (portable and fixed)

Yes

No (except for propane or natural gas)

Burn Restriction and Burn Ban Penalties - Person(s) failing to comply with a Burn Restriction or Burn Ban shall be punished in accordance with the general penalty of the Code of the City of Colorado Springs as amended (1.1.201).  A careless fire that threatens or damages property is fourth degree arson and shall be prosecuted as such.

Interim Chief Smith urges everyone to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when participating in all types of outdoor activities. We ask that parents remain especially cognizant of their children’s activities. Immediately call 9-1-1 when smoke or flames are spotted.    

Residents are encouraged to “Share the Responsibility” and reduce their wildfire risk by implementing Wildfire Mitigation concepts into their landscaping.  Wildfire hazard ratings for individual addresses are available at http://csfd.springsgov.com.  For more information about fire restrictions and related activities visit www.springsgov.com/fire

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