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July 24, 2018
Fire Restrictions Lifted for Pueblo County

Following careful monitoring of weather conditions and improvements in the fire restriction guidelines, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor announced today that Pueblo County is no longer under any fire restrictions. Effective immediately, the Stage 1 fire restrictions have been lifted in the county.

“The recent rain along with the forecast for more precipitation has improved conditions such that fire restrictions are no longer necessary,” said Sheriff Taylor. “I want to thank the citizens of Pueblo County for their patience and diligence in obeying the fire restrictions while conditions were extreme.”

Fire information reviewed by Sheriff Taylor that factored into his decision to lift restrictions includes the 1,000-hour fuel moisture content, the current fire danger rating of “moderate”, the fact the area is not experiencing a high occurrence of human-caused fires, monsoon moisture is predicted to increase and the availability of fire resources.

Lifting the fire restrictions means that Pueblo County residents can have outdoor fires for yard debris, agricultural needs and recreation. Smokers are encouraged to still use caution and safely extinguish all smoking materials.

Sheriff Taylor urges all residents to continue to remain cautious when using fire and follow all notification rules that exist in Pueblo County regarding burning. Pueblo County residents are reminded to report a controlled burn by calling (719) 583-BURN (583-2876) or online at www.pueblosheriff.com and click on the controlled burn notification link.

Pueblo County had been under fire restrictions since May 18 due to the extreme drought and high fire conditions that existed in the region. On June 25, more restrictive Stage 2 restrictions were imposed, but with improved conditions Sheriff Taylor eased back to Stage 1 restrictions on July 18.

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