Jul 11, 2013 7:42 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Pueblo County eases fire restrictions

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor and Pueblo City Fire Chief Christopher P. Riley announce a cautious move from "Stage II" and "High Fire Danger" Restrictions to the less limiting Stage I Restrictions. The move, effective 5:00 P.M. today (Thursday July11), coincides with the move of federal fire officials to Stage I earlier today and was reached after conferring with the Pueblo County Fire Chiefs. Below are the guidelines both officials have determined to be more appropriate for the current conditions.

Stage I Restrictions (ordinance verbiage):
• 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.

Specific differences in the two stages:

• Outdoor smoking is again permitted outdoors IF there is a 3-foot
clearing of any flammable material. (county only)

• Outdoor welding is again permitted without the strict provisions.

• In the County outdoor fires are permitted SO LONG AS flames are
confined to grates in developed camp sites (recreational fires are again
permitted only in the city per fire code - see agency website for

• Charcoal grills are again allowed.


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