COLORADO SPRINGS — Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Wednesday that extends the statewide fire ban for another 30 days.
Polis issued an order that went into effect Aug. 20 to help limit fire activity as wildfires rage in the state. One of the fires growing immensely at the time was the Pine Gulch Fire, which became the largest fire in Colorado history and is now 95% contained.
The restrictions outlined in the order include campfires, charcoal grill fires, explosives, and smoking unless you are in an enclosed space or at least 6 feet away from flammable items.
Home barbecues, grills, public grills, and camp stoves are allowed for use. Polis said during a press conference announcing the initial ban that all Colorado counties already had some fire restrictions in place, except Ouray, Delta, and Chaffee counties.
The four major fires burning in the state right now are the Pine Gulch Fire at 95% containment, the Grizzly Creek Fire at 91% containment, the Williams Fork Fire at 16% containment, and the Cameron Peak Fire at 8% containment.
The latest update on the Cameron Peak Fire is firefighters are continuing to make "excellent progress" around the perimeter of the fire.
The most active section of the 102,596-acre fire on Wednesday was the Green Ridge area along Highway 14, officials said. This region of the fire has a steep slope and dry and dead beetle-kill trees.