Wednesday, July 11, 2012

UPDATE: Finally ... some things to smile about

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Even more good news: The fire ban in El Paso County has also been eased.


Due to the recent moisture through the region and the Waldo Canyon Fire containment at 100 percent, Sheriff Terry Maketa has downgraded the fire restriction from Stage II to
Stage I. During Stage I Fire Restrictions, citizens within unincorporated El Paso County must adhere to the following:

· No campfires and warming fires except in permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds.
· No charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves except at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
· No use of explosives.
· No outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flame other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials.
· No use or sale of fireworks of all kinds.
· No 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.
· Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.

Violations of Stage I Fire Restrictions may result in a fine of up to $600.00.



After what seems like an eternity of worry and grief since the start of the Waldo Canyon Fire, there's finally good news.

Let's start with the obvious: The fire is 100 percent contained.

Next up, our city has received so much rain as of late that city officials are lifting the burn ban. While it's wonderful that the area is finally moist enough that restrictions aren't needed, caution is urged.

City of Colorado Springs Lifts Burn Ban

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, July 10, 2012 — Recent precipitation events have reduced the local wildfire danger. Fuel moisture levels and increased relative humidities are making trees, brush, grasses and weeds less vulnerable to ignition.

Fire Marshal Brett Lacey stated, "we have experienced extreme fire conditions recently, but weather conditions are improving and we can go back to restrictions.”

Fire Marshal Lacey also noted that, “Colorado Springs will go back to fire restrictions effective at 8:00am MST Wednesday July 11, 2012.” For guidelines on burn restrictions please see attached guidelines.

Even though we are going back to burn restrictions, everyone is asked to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires including continuing mitigation efforts. Also remember that just because we are lifting the ban, there is still a potential for wildfire. Take extra caution on hot, dry, windy days.

Residents are encouraged to “Share the Responsibility” and reduce their wildfire risk by implementing Wildfire Mitigation concepts in their landscaping. Wildfire hazard ratings for individual addresses are available at

Finally, the city has set up a special Facebook page for residents to post pictures thanking firefighters for a job well done. So if you didn't get a chance to say it earlier, you can show your appreciation now.

Facebook section created to capture community’s outpouring of support for first responders

A special section has been created on the City’s Facebook page ( to be able to archive photos of the many “Thank You” signs and other shows of support for our first responders around our community. Please load your photos to the section on the City’s Facebook page called Thank You Photos which has its own button right underneath the banner. The direct link is:!/springsgov/app_255558194495800.


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