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County lifts fire restrictions


Last updated 3/2/2021 at 10:52am | View PDF

Stage One fire restrictions were lifted for unincorporated El Paso County and the city of Fountain on Monday.

The 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 El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. A few of the fire districts out east along the county border, particularly, request that you remain extremely cautious with the use of any flame producing device and or fire.

You must contact your local fire district before engaging in fire-related activities, as some have additional restrictions. Some jurisdictions may also require a permit.

Fountain Fire Chief James Maxon and the Sheriff’s Office both said they will continue to monitor weather and fire danger conditions throughout the year and may enact additional restrictions as needed in the months to come.

Allowed in the city of Fountain:

• Outdoor blasting, welding and torches with a permit issued from Fountain Fire Department

• Campfires in developed campgrounds/picnic ground

• Model rockets

• Public prescribed burning and opening burning with an Air Quality Permit issued from the El Paso County Health Department

• Recreational fires: fires conducted on private property and are enclosed in a permanently constructed fire pit made of non-combustible material such as stone, brick, concrete, metal container or fire ring with dimensions of the pit to be less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. All materials burned in the fire pit must fit inside the dimensional confines of the pit and shall not be permitted to extend above or outside the fire pit. Shall not be conducted within 10 feet of a structure or combustible materials. Burning of trash, rubbish and yard debris is prohibited.

• Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 10 feet of a structure or combustible material.

• Outdoor cooking, charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction within an apartment building.

While the restrictions have been lifted, officials 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.


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