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June 14, 2012
Sheriff Taylor to Honor Executive Order Banning Fireworks Use and Open Flames Statewide

June 14, 2012: All Pueblo County citizens and guest are advised, Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor will comply with Governor Hickenlooper’s Executive Order prohibiting personal use fireworks and open fires in the state of Colorado. The restrictions placed by Governor Hickenlooper today include most of the Pueblo County Ordinance #19 Stage One restrictions that many in Pueblo County are already familiar with.

Included-
• Open burning, except fires and campfires within constructed fire grates inside developed camp and picnic grounds, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences. These areas must be cleared of all flammable materials.
• The use of fireworks without a permit

Not included-
• Outdoor smoking except inside a vehicle or stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of all flammable materials.

• The sale of fireworks

While the restrictions are not as rigid as the Stage II restrictions that were in place in Pueblo County last 4th of July (those restrictions included outdoor welding, campfires, grilling, and smoking), the Governor has however, restricted both outdoor fires (bonfires and controlled burns), and the personal use of fireworks, both of which are often incorporated into Holiday celebrations.

Sheriff Taylor understands the need for the executive order. “Availability of resources is a big factor in how strict fire controls need to be. At the state level, they are strapped with the High Park Fire and the Arkansas Fire. Several Colorado residents have been evacuated from their homes, and hundreds of fire-fighters have been at it for days. We would rely on the state to send resources our way if a huge wildland fire hit our county, so of course I understand his decision.”

Citizens are encouraged to visit professional fireworks displays historically held in Pueblo West, Beacon Hill Speedway, and at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk.

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