BLM eases fire restrictions

July 10, 2012

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Land Management eased fire restrictions Wednesday, reducing them from Stage 2 to Stage 1.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, campfires, charcoal fires or open fires of any type are not allowed on BLM-managed lands, except in developed areas with manufactured grates and grills. Smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles or buildings and spark arresters are required for internal combustion engines.

Those who violate Stage 1 restrictions could be fined up to $600 by the sheriff's office.

The city of Colorado Springs, along with some other cities along the Front Range, have lifted the city-wide burn ban after a weekend of rain and humidity.

Although the ban has been lifted, fire restrictions are still in place, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Here's an overview of the burn restrictions in place in Colorado Springs:

  • Bonfires, prescribed burns, and recreational fires are NOT allowed
  • Outdoor cooking is allowed
  • The use of fireplaces, portable and fixed, is allowed
  • Residents can apply for permits to use model rockets, as well as blasting, welding or torching materials
  • The burning of trash or leaves outdoors is NOT allowed

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