Douglas County raises fire restrictions

Dry conditions and recent fires spur Stage 2 restrictions

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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.

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