Manitou Springs under fire restrictions

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 21:35:44-04

Manitou Springs Fire Chief, John Forsett, has ordered fire restrictions for the city.

According to a release, the decision was made following the fire restrictions and bans across the region due to current extreme high fire danger conditions. 

The restrictions include an open burning ban and outdoor smoking ban. The Open Burn Ban prohibits the use of any outside fire, including campfires, warming fires, all solid fuel burning fireplaces (e.g. fire bits, fire tables, and chimineas) and cooking appliances (e.g. charcoal BBQ grills, smokers, and pellet grills).

The open burn ban excludes liquid propane fueled or gas fueled open flame cooking devices, such as grills or camping stoves, with a 10-foot separation from combustion materials. 

The Outdoor Smoking Ban prohibits the use of any tobacco product or similar material in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes outdoors. This excludes smoking in enclosed buildings or structures, and along Manitou Avenue. Discarding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe tobacco products is strictly prohibited.

According to a release, these bans do not apply to compliant fireplaces and wood-burning stoves in private residences. If and when weather patterns change, these restrictions will be adjusted accordingly.