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Warm, dry weather prompts burn restrictions in Fountain

By: Chhun Sun
March 20, 2017 Updated: March 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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A forecast calling for warm temperatures and dry conditions this week has prompted fire restrictions in Fountain, the city's fire department announced Monday morning.

The Stage 1 burn restrictions prohibit:

- Open burning except in permanent structures in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds or in private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials

- The sale or use of fireworks

- Outdoor smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in an area 3 feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material

The restrictions come after record highs in nearby Colorado Springs over the weekend. The heat isn't expected to cool down for at least another day.

Colorado Springs is expected to see a high near 79 degrees Monday, which would be enough to surpass the day's record of 74 set in 1907. It'd be the third time in three days that Colorado Springs had record heat.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued a Stage 1 burn restriction Thursday and said the precaution was in effective "until such time as the restriction are modified."

Colorado Springs was also placed under burn restrictions Friday. Within city limits, no recreational fires, bonfires or smoking in city parks and open spaces is permitted. Blasting, welding, torches and model rockets are permitted with permit only.

Failure to comply with the ban, resulting in property being threatened or damaged, will be considered fourth degree arson, the city said.

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The Gazette's Kaitlin Durbin contributed to this report.

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