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Fire restrictions lifted in Manitou Springs


MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Friday, the Manitou Springs Fire Chief rescinded Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the city.

According to officials, this goes into effect Monday, July 25, at 12 p.m.

Chief Forsett stated that “Through continued efforts by members of the Pikes Peak Region Wildfire Preparedness Group, current fuel moisture sampling, resource availability, and short-term weather predictions, heightened wildfire awareness through restrictions is no longer warranted.”

Chief Forsett has ordered, without expiration, that during any period of red flag conditions issued by the National Weather Service for any area involving Manitou Springs, stage 2 burn ban orders will be in effect.

A stage 2 burn ban includes a ban on open burning, outdoor smoking, prohibited sale and use of fireworks and explosives, and dangerous equipment use like chainsaws or welding torches.

Red flag conditions are defined as warm temperatures, very low humidity’s, and strong winds that could combine to produce increased risk of fire danger. Officials say these conditions are independent of antecedent weather, fuel types, and fuel moistures for the region.

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