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Several fires throughout Colorado and a lack of precipitation have urged Castle Rock Fire and Rescue to increase fire restrictions.
Fire restrictions are meant to protect public health, safety and welfare. Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales today implemented the Stage 2 restrictions.
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:
•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 appliance.
•Residential use of charcoal grill fires when such use is supervised by a responsible party at least 18 years of age.
•Fires contained within fire places and wood burning stoves within buildings only
•Fire suppression or fire department training fires.
These decisions are based on current fuel models. Windy, dry weather means fires can start and spread more easily, and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has measured fire danger at high or extreme for 10 days. Additionally, fires throughout the state have resulted in significant property loss.
People found to be in violation of the Town’s fire restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.
Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.