Fire restrictions in the Fountain Valley
Last updated 12/7/2022 at 9:49am
UPDATE: El Paso County also issued Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on Wednesday. See the county's guidelines in attached graphic. These apply to residents of Security and Widefield and any other unincorporated areas.
The Fountain Fire Department has determined the fire danger warrants a move to Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 7. These updated restrictions will remain in place until the conditions permit the change, officials said.
Conditions are dry throughout El Paso County and there is an abundance of tall vegetation due to the lack of snow fall in the region, according to a news release. With the constant cold fronts moving in producing low humidity and strong winds it is in the city's best interest to move into Stage I Fire Restrictions.
"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 spokesperson said. "Please report any suspected violations of the Order by calling 719-390-5555."
For details on Stage I Fire Restrictions within the City of Fountain please see below:
CITY OF FOUNTAIN FIRE DEPARTMENT FIRE/BURN INFORMATION - FOR INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF FOUNTAIN
*DURING RED FLAG WARNINGS - all Activities are Not Allowed*
Stage 1 Burn Restrictions:
Outdoor blasting, welding, and torches - Allowed with permit
Campfires in developed campgrounds/picnic ground - Allowed in permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills, and wood burning stoves
Model rockets - Not allowed
Public prescribed burning/burn permits - Not allowed
Outdoor smoking - No smoking outside except in an enclosed building or vehicle, a developed recreational site or while stopped in an area with at least a 3 feet in diameter that is barren of and cleared of all flammable materials.
Sale or use fireworks - Not allowed
Outdoor cooking (private property) - Allowed if they are smaller than 3 feet in diameter and less than two 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 fire at residence (recreational 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.