After a much-needed stretch of rain and snowfall in the region, burn restrictions have been lifted in Colorado Springs and El Paso and Teller counties in recent days.
A snowstorm blanketed the Pikes Peak region with heavy, wet snow overnight Monday and into Tuesday, and Colorado Springs has seen above-average precipitation for this point in the month, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.
Teller County's burn restrictions were lifted shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Colorado Springs' were lifted effective 8 a.m. Wednesday and El Paso County's were lifted about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
"The first part of April has brought relief through rain and snow after a very dry March and subsequent increase in fire activity," Colorado Springs Fire Marshal Brett Lacey said in a written statement. "For the present time our fire danger outlook has improved and burn restrictions can now be lifted. May and June however, are expected to be hot and dry so burn restrictions or bans may be instituted again."
A news release from El Paso County encouraged community members to contact their local fire protection district or department before engaging in open burning, because some are requesting that residents remain cautious with the use of fire.
"Our county has various topographical features where some terrain may experience large amounts of moisture but other portions remain dry and may have a higher risk of fire," according to the release.
"While the restrictions have been lifted, we continue to stress using caution when using any open fire and or flame producing devices. Always keep a safe area for their use and make sure you keep fire suppression items available."
Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198