June 12, 2013 Updated: June 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Both the city of Colorado Springs and El Paso County imposed fire restrictions Wednesday at noon, following the National Weather Service's red flag warning.
The red flag warning brings with it expectations of continued dry, windy weather. Also, fire crews are strained due to multiple fires burning in Colorado.
The city's restrictions prohibit bonfires, open burning and recreational fires. In addition, smoking materials must be disposed of in a non-combustile container. Burning in portable and fixed fireplaces is allowed. Shooting off model rockets and operating blasting and welding torches are allowed by permit only.
The unincorporated areas of the county are under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which prohibit open burning and outdoor fires, unless done within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
The use of wood-burning stoves and charcoal grills at private residences in areas cleared of flammable materials is allowed.
The sale and use of fireworks is not permitted.
And outdoor smoking is allowed only if done within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is at least three feet in diameter and that is cleared of flammable materials.
The restrictions will remain in effect until weather conditions improve.
Violators will be fined. In the city limits, a careless fire that threatens or damages property is fourth-degree arson.