Strict burn bans enacted
Last updated 5/16/2022 at 11:24am
Bonfires, certain grills, and cigarettes are among the items currently not permitted to be used outdoors, now that strict new burn bans are going into effect in El Paso County and the cities of Fountain and Colorado Springs. The bans will be in effect until officials deem conditions safe to resume these activities.
See attached graphics for regulations in each jurisdiction, also outlined in the article below.
Stage II Fire Restrictions PROHIBIT the following acts within the City of Fountain:
- Recreational Fires/Bonfires
- Charcoal grills/outdoor wood burning stoves
- Outdoor smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle or building
- Sale or use of fireworks
- Outdoor blasting, welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flames are only allowed with permits by the City of Fountain Fire Marshal.
The Restrictions ALLOW the following acts within the City of Fountain:
- Outdoor cooking contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, or electric pellet fed smokers.
- Recreational fire pits contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves.
The Order remains in effect until rescinded. Violations of Stage II Fire Restrictions in the City of Fountain may result in a fine up to $1,000.
"The Fountain Fire Department urges all citizens of and visitors to Fountain to abide by the Order and share in the responsibility of keeping our community safe," a city news release said. "Please report any suspected violations of the Order by calling 719-390-5555."
EL PASO COUNTY
After discussion and collaboration with the Pikes Peak Region Wildfire Preparedness Group, Sheriff Bill Elder has elevated fire restrictions from Stage I to Stage II effective May 16, 2022, at noon.
This elevation primarily impacts campfire and smoking activities over those restrictions that had been in place during Stage I. Due to current and future forecast conditions, they determined these measures are necessary to heighten fire hazard awareness, reduce fire risks, and protect health and safety.
These restrictions will be effective on May 16, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (MDT). The Order remains in effect until rescinded.
See attached graphics for each jurisdiction's specific regulations, also outlined below.
The following activities are prohibited during Stage II Fire Restrictions:
- Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires, charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves, the use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flames other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.
- The use or sale of fireworks of all kinds.
- Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
Violations of Stage II Fire Restrictions in Unincorporated El Paso County may result in a fine up to $1,000.
Please see this link: https://bit.ly/34odVsA for current Burn Ban guidelines to be clear on what is and what is not allowed during this enacted ban. With this information, El Paso County citizens will be able to avoid legal ramifications due to burning outside of the scope of the ban.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office urges all citizens of and visitors to Colorado Springs and Unincorporated El Paso County to abide by the Order and share in the responsibility of keeping our community safe. Please report any suspected violations of the Order by calling 719-390-5555.
PROHIBITED within the City of Colorado Springs:
• Recreational fires
• Model rockets
• Open or prescribed burns
• Outdoor smoking, cooking, and grilling in ALL CITY OWNED PARKS AND OPEN SPACES
• Portable or fixed outdoor fireplaces FUELED BY SOLID MATERIALS such as wood, pellets, or charcoal
• Commercial fireworks, pyrotechnics, and flame effects
• Small internal combustion engines operated without a properly installed, maintained, and functioning spark arrestor
• Recreational fireworks (PROHIBITED AT ALL TIMES)
• Trash/rubbish burning (PROHIBITED AT ALL TIMES)
• Hot work activities such as welding, brazing, or torching without a permit issued by the Colorado Springs Fire Department ALLOWED within the City of Colorado Springs:
• Outdoor smoking in designated areas; disposal of smoking materials shall be in a non-combustible container with a secured lid (SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN ALL CITY OWNED PARKS AND OPEN SPACES)
• Portable or fixed fire appliances, intended for outdoor use:
o Shall ONLY be fueled by liquid propane gas (LPG), natural gas, or liquid fuel
o Shall maintain a minimum clearance of 15' between the fireplace or appliance and all combustible structures, fences, and/or vegetation (No clearance requirements for permanent outdoor fireplaces or appliances