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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in place for El Paso County; effective May 16


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office (EPCSO) announced Monday that Stage Two Fire Restrictions will be in place starting at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

Due to the current and future weather conditions, the Pikes Peak Region Wildfire Preparedness Group, Sheriff Bill Elder, along with EPCSO, agencies have determined the Stage Two Restrictions is necessary to raise fire hazard awareness, reduce fire risks, and protect health and safety.

During Stage Two Fire Restrictions, the following activities are prohibited:

  • Open burning: Campfires and warming fires, charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves, the use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flames other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials. Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.
  • Outdoor smoking, except within a closed-in vehicle or building.
  • Using or selling fireworks of all kinds.

Violators of the Stage Two Fire Restrictions may be subject to a maximum $1,000 fine.

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  1. This is all good and dandy but when the fireworks start going off all over the place nothing will be done. There will be fireworks sold all over because of the money it brings in. Then as July 4th gets closer fireworks will be everywhere and nothing will be done except threats.

    1. true the cops don’t even answer the calls. I had a guy shooting roman candles AT my house and despite numerous calls as well as photos, NOTHING HAPPENED. The cops NEVER came.
      I am really afraid fireworks are going to start fires all over. It’s so scorched out there.
      Optimistically I see a chance for rain in the forecast

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