Posted: Sep 14, 2010 12:40 PM by Greg Boyce
Updated: Sep 15, 2010 12:45 AM
Colorado Springs has instituted Stage II fire restrictions, due to warm weather and a lack of rain. Wildland fire danger is now in the "high" category.
Dead materials, like pine needles and leaves on the ground are at the driest level they've been all season. Fuel moisture levels in the grasses and weeds are steadily declining making them vulnerable to fire.
"Fuel moisture sampling is done throughout the growing season. Current conditions are very serious," said Christina Randall, Wildfire Mitigation Section Manager for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "Dry fuels, warm temperatures and strong wind events have increased the fire risk. Residents need to have a heightened awareness of the situation."
Fire Marshal Brett Lacey reminds residents, "It will take a good rain event and increased relative humidity's to improve fuel moisture conditions. It's important for citizens to know that even though the summer season is winding down, fire season is not."
Fire Marshal Lacey also noted that, "Stage II fire restrictions will go into effect 12:00 today (Tuesday) and will stay in effect until weather and fuel conditions improve."
A Stage II fire restriction limits certain outdoor activities due to fire danger. Bonfires and recreational fire are not allowed, nor the launching of model rockets. Outdoor cooking on city property is not allowed, though cooking with charcoal or a gas grill on private property is allowed.