Jul 22, 2011 2:12 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Pueblo County eases fire restrictions

The Pueblo County Sheriff and fire officials have decided to move from Stage II Fire Restrictions to Stage I Restrictions. Officials made the decision based on a the recent precipitation and the less aggressive winds than this time a month ago.

"The step down to Stage I came after long discussion about what is appropriate given the conditions," Sheriff Kirk Taylor said, adding that, "while the situation may not be as dire as it was a month ago, this change is made with the expectation that citizen's will remain as steadfast in their cooperation as they have been."

Here is what Stage I Restrictions mean in Pueblo County:

• No open burning, except fires and campfires within constructed fire grates inside developed camp and picnic grounds, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences. These areas must be cleared of all flammable materials. (Exemptions allowed for agricultural burning on a per case basis may be granted by appropriate fire jurisdiction)
• The sale or use of fireworks without a permit is prohibited
• No outdoor smoking except inside a vehicle or stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of all flammable materials

Here is how Stage I Restrictions differ from those restrictions under Stage II:

• Outdoor smoking is again permitted outdoors IF there is a 3-foot clearing of any flammable material
• Outdoor welding is again permitted without the strict provisions
• Outdoor fires are permitted SO LONG AS flames are confined to grates in developed camp sites (still NO fire-pits on private property)
• Charcoal grills are again allowed




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