In response to dry conditions and the occurrence of several fires throughout Colorado, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock has increased fire restrictions to Stage 2, which prohibits:
• Open burning of any kind
• Use of fireworks
• Use of fires in chimineas, other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits
• Campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas
Some activities are still allowed:
• Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits or other gas or liquid-fueled appliances.
• Residential use of charcoal grill fires when such use is supervised by a person at least 18 years of age.
• Fires contained within fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within buildings only.
• Fire suppression or fire department training fires.
Those who violate the fire restrictions may be finedup to $1,000.
Castle Rock Fire and Rescue took similar precautions on March 10, implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions. The department has measured fire danger at high or extreme for 10 days. People found to be in violation of the town's fire restrictions may be fined $1,000, receive 180 days in jail or both.