Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor ordered the county to implement stage 1 fire restrictions Friday due to dry conditions over unincorporated Pueblo County.
In a news release Friday, Taylor said recent storms have not done enough to lessen fire danger for the entire county.
“With the extremely dry conditions, lack of precipitation and the number of fires that have occurred in and around Pueblo County, this has become a real safety concern. Even though we may see some precipitation, it will not be enough right now to lessen the fire danger.”
Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit the following:
- 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)
- The sale or use of fireworks without a permit
- Outdoor smoking except inside a vehicle or stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of all flammable materials
Those who violate the restrictions could have to appear in court or face fines.
More details about the restrictions can be found here.