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Fire restrictions in place for unincorporated El Paso County

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has enacted stage 1 fire restrictions for unincorporated areas of the county due to continued dry weather and high fire danger.

Sheriff Bill Elder ordered the restrictions Thursday, and they’ll be in place indefinitely until the sheriff’s office says otherwise.

According to the sheriff’s office, the following are prohibited:

1. Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood-burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
2. The sale or use of fireworks.
3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The county has largely escaped severe grass fire danger. Earlier this week, a fire broke out along Blaney Road, but was quickly contained. A vehicle fire Wednesday on Vollmer Road also spread to the grass, but crews prevented it from spreading far.

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