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Posted on: October 17, 2016

Dry weather causes Town to implement fire restrictions

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The falling leaves are crisp, and weather conditions are very dry. Due to lack of rain or snow, fire restrictions are now necessary.

Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales today implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions. Douglas County has also implemented Stage 1 restrictions.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, there shall be no:
• Open burning of any kind
• Use and sale of fireworks

However, fireplaces within buildings are allowed. Also allowed under the restrictions are:
• Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only
• Professional fireworks displays
• Fire suppression or fire department training fires
• Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of 4 feet.
• Residential use of charcoal grills, Tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, as long as the fires are supervised at all times by a responsible person at least 18 years old. Candles in jack-o-lanterns are also allowed

The Fire Chief or Town Manager can impose higher-level Stage 2 restrictions if conditions warrant. Check for any updates regarding the current restriction level.

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.

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