Friday, June 17, 2011

No fireworks this year?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 4:20 PM

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Widespread fire bans might take their toll on Fourth of July fun.

As of Friday afternoon, even with storms rolling across eastern El Paso County, fire bans are currently in place in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Manitou Springs, and in Bureau of Land Management lands and U.S. Forest Service lands. If those bans stay in place, you won't be able to buy or use any firecrackers or fireworks in the county.

Public fireworks displays are generally considered separately. But it's possible dry conditions could lead to cancellations.

The city of Colorado Springs upped the ante today, moving from "fire restrictions" to a "fire ban" which means that in addition to not building a bonfire, you also cannot use model rockets, or do any outdoor cooking in regional parks or open space.

El Paso County goes even further, banning "outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials."

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