City of Colorado Springs Enacts Fire Restrictions
Friday, June 15, 2012
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, June 15 – Lack of precipitation and continued high temperatures have left the City of Colorado Springs with HIGH wildland fire danger. As there has been little precipitation and above normal temperatures in recent weeks, the city's vegetation is extremely dry. Trees and brush are at critically low moisture levels which make them vulnerable to an ignition.
"We continually sample fuel moistures in the city and current conditions are very serious," said Christina Randall, Wildfire Mitigation Administrator for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "Dry fuels and above normal temperatures have increased the fire risk.”
Fire Marshal Brett Lacey reminds residents that “it's important for citizens to know that we are in the height of wildfire season and residents should take extra precautions.”
Fire Chief Rich Brown has determined that, “fire restrictions in the City will go into effect Friday June 15, 2012 at 12:00PM MST and will stay in effect until weather and fuel conditions improve.”
Burn Restriction and Burn Ban Penalties - Person(s) failing to comply with a Burn Restriction or Burn Ban shall be punished in accordance with the general penalty of the Code of the City of Colorado Springs as amended (1.1.201). A careless fire that threatens or damages property is fourth degree arson and shall be prosecuted as such.
Chief Brown urges everyone to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when participating in all types of outdoor activities. We ask that parents remain especially cognizant of their children’s activities. Immediately call 9-1-1 when smoke or flames are spotted.
Residents are encouraged to “Share the Responsibility”and reduce their wildfire risk by implementing Wildfire Mitigation concepts into their landscaping. Wildfire hazard ratings for individual addresses are available at http://csfd.springsgov.com. For more information about fire restrictions and related activities visit www.springsgov.com/fire.