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City of Colorado Springs rescinds Burn Restriction Order effective noon July 25

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Effective at noon Monday, the Burn Restriction Order will be rescinded for the City of Colorado Springs.

This decision comes from the Colorado Springs Fire Department's Division of the Fire Marshal. According to the CSFD, the Fire Marshal determined risks "inherent to structure, grassland, and wildfires have reduced."

"The way things are looking right now, if we could keep getting some scattered showers every week periodically, that may be enough moisture to be able to keep us in these normal conditions in the next few weeks," explained Fire Marshal Brett Lacy with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The city had been under fire restrictions since May.

As of July 25, 2022, at noon, the following acts are allowed within the City of Colorado Springs:

  • Code conforming recreational fires, including cooking devices intended for outdoor use, fueled by solid materials (wood, pellets, or charcoal) and/or liquid propane gas, natural gas, or liquid fuel
  • Portable or fixed fireplaces intended for outdoor use, fueled by wood, pellets, or charcoal and/or liquid propane gas (LPG), natural gas, or liquid fuel
  • Hot work activities such as welding, brazing, blasting, and torching
  • Model rockets
  • Bonfires — Permit Required
  • Professional fireworks, pyrotechnics, or flame effects — Permit Required

The following acts are prohibited and illegal at all times within the City of Colorado Springs:

  • Recreational fireworks/devices requiring ignition such as sparklers, snakes aerials, comets, flares, flyers, fountains, missiles, mortars, spinners, punks, rockets, and shells
  • Burning of trash/rubbish, leaves/yard waste, or construction materials

The City of Manitou Springs is lifting its Stage 1 Fire Restrictions This also goes into effect at noon Monday.

While people across Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs can now engage in outdoor fire activities, the fire department is still advising people to be careful.

Monday, KRDO spoke with two first-timers at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Susan Lovelette and her husband said they were thrilled to learn the fire restrictions were rescinded.

Traveling from Bryan, Texas, where there is currently a burn ban, the couple was prepared to adhere to similar restrictions in Colorado. As of noon, however, they're able to now use devices fueled by solid materials like wood, pellets, or charcoal.

"It feels more like camping when you can cook outside," said Lovelette.

The CSFD asks people to report any suspected non-emergency violations by calling 719-444-7000.

For more information on what is and isn't allowed, the fire department has issued an outdoor burning quick guide that can be viewed by clicking here.

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