PUEBLO — In conjunction with the Pueblo mayor’s office, the Pueblo Fire Department has announced that the city is now in Stage 1 fire restrictions.
This means that the sale and use of fireworks are prohibited while Stage 1 restrictions are in effect.
"It is very important for the citizens, overall of the city of pueblo and their safety, that we enforce the restrictions in a fire ban to protect everybody equally," explained Capt. Woody Percival from Pueblo Fire.
It also means that July 4th fireworks will also not happen this year.
According to NOAA, Pueblo is currently in a severe drought status, with extreme fire weather conditions forecast for the foreseeable future.
“Making this determination is not taken lightly, but in the interest of public safety, fireworks will not be part of this year’s Independence Day holiday,” said Pueblo Fire Chief Barb Huber. “We ask our citizens to consider all of our current extraordinary circumstances, including the continued spread of the coronavirus, while making plans this summer.”
The activation of fire restrictions within city limits mirrors the restrictions already in place in the rest of the county.
Fire conditions will be continually reevaluated throughout the summer and may be lifted if they improve significantly.
PFD & PPD say they will have extra patrols to make sure everyone is following the rules.