Mar 26, 2011 1:54 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Boulder County has banned outdoor fires because of the high fire danger and people who ignore the ban might end up paying.
The sheriff's office said Friday that two men were issued summonses for violating the ban. Authorities say both men were burning agricultural debris in their yards and say they weren't aware that outside fires were prohibited.
The penalty for violating the ban is $500 the first time, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense.
At least five Colorado counties have enacted fire bans because of the dry, windy conditions in the foothills and on the plains that have fueled wildfires the past week.
Earlier this month, about 200 homes were temporarily evacuated when a blaze broke out in the foothills west of Boulder.
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