With all the recent rains in the area, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor has set his jurisdiction under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions which loosens bans on burning. This does not mean there is no fire danger. The continuing drought leaves the area with plenty of dry brush that could be ignited by careless actions.
Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following are prohibited:
- 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.
- Outdoor smoking except inside a vehicle or stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of all flammable materials.
- Violations of the fire restrictions can result in fines and mandatory court appearances.
OTHER FIRE RESTRICTIONS: