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Fire restrictions downgraded


Last updated 6/3/2022 at 2:49pm

Due to the current and forecasted weather conditions, Fountain Fire Department and El Paso County have determined the fire danger warrants a move to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective noon, Friday, June 3. They have been at the more stringent Stage 2 restrictions since May 16.

The attachment identifies restrictions under Stage 1. Fireworks, model rockets, and open burns continue to be prohibited.

Things that are now allowed that were restricted under Stage 2 include (with limitations) in Fountain:

- Campfires – allowed in permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills, and wood-burning stoves at developed campgrounds/picnic areas.

- Fire pits – allowed if the fire is contained within liquid-fueled or gas fueled stoves, indoor fire places and wood burning stoves; allowed in permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills and wood-burning stoves in outdoor areas cleared of all combustibles, using dry untreated wood and or charcoal.

- outdoor cooking – allowed if they are smaller than 3 feet in diameter and less than 2 feet high, that are kindled for the purpose of cooking food using only clean dry, untreated wood or charcoal, which are contained by fireplaces, fire pits, (free standing and/or above ground), barbecues or other systems approved by the City of Fountain Fire Department.

- outdoor smoking – only allowed in enclosed building or vehicle, a developed recreational site, or while stopped in an area with at least 3 feet diameter that is barren of and cleared of all flammable materials.

This order will remain in effect until rescinded.

"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 statement said. "Please report any suspected violations of the Order by calling 719-390-5555."

El Paso County (including Security and Widefield)

At the recommendation of the members in the Pikes Peak Wildfire Preparedness (PPRWFP) group, Sheriff Bill Elder has downgraded all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County to Stage 1, which prohibits the following:

1. Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.

2. The sale or use of fireworks.

3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.


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