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City of Pueblo under High Fire Danger Status
Weather conditions in our city and county are similar to those of 2012 and 2013 which saw many homes destroyed in Colorado by the likes of the Waldo Canyon fire and the Black Forest fire. This year Pueblo County has recently experienced several fires resulting in the loss of numerous structures and thousands of acres of grass and river bottom land. The Barnett Fire just east of Pueblo destroyed 5 homes in April, and both the Carson-Midway & 117 Fires recently destroyed multiple homes. Several major fires are expanding in our region.
Long term weather predictions are forecasting above-average temperatures while our region is in a moderate-to-extreme drought. The recent scattered rainfall has done little to change long-term fire conditions as winds also persist.
Upon conferring with area Fire Chiefs and the Pueblo County Sheriff, until further notice:
City of Pueblo Fire Chief Shawn Shelton has placed the City under a
High Fire Danger status effective midnight June 4, 2018
No open or recreational burning shall be conducted by any person within the city limits of Pueblo. This restriction extends to all forms of open flame including, but not limited to: recreational & portable fire pits, ‘Tiki’ torches, and all fireworks. Outdoor smoking is permitted only in areas cleared of combustible materials.
The current restrictions do not apply to outdoor gas or charcoal cooking grills or protected welding operations at this time.
Offenders can be charged with a violation and fined under Municipal Code.
Chief Shelton said that “It will take diligence on the part of our citizens to ensure the overall safety of our community.” He urges all residents and visitors to our community to exercise extreme caution when engaged in activities that have a chance of causing an unwanted fire. Chief Shelton will continue to monitor conditions and will adjust the fire restrictions as deemed appropriate.