Sep 15, 2010 6:13 PM by Sharon Knight
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has ordered a Stage 1 fire restriction for all of the unincorporated areas of the county, effective immediately.
"All of us need to be cautious and exercise extreme care during this period of high fire danger," Maketa says. "A simple act such as throwing a cigarette out of a car window, which is both illegal and extremely irresponsible, can cause enormous damage to life and personal property, and be costly to fight."
Under Stage 1 conditions, the following activities are prohibited:
1. Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
2. The sale or use of fireworks.
3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
The restrictions do not include fires contained within stoves, indoor fireplaces, outdoor grills and wood-burning stoves, as long as the fires are at a private residence and in an area clear of flammable materials.
Violating the Stage 1 restrictions could result in a fine of up to $600.