**Update Stage I Fire Ban--NO OPEN BURNING**
EFFECTIVE MAY 4TH @ 12:00pm. The Canon City Area Fire Protection District initiated Stage One fire restrictions. As Fremont County and surrounding areas of Southern Colorado continue to experience deteriorating, critical fire conditions leading to extreme fire behavior potential it is imperative to provide for the safety of our community.
Along with these conditions, firefighting capabilities and resources across the State are severly hindered by the COVID pandemic. Firefighting assistance in the event of a wildfire may be severly limited. Given these conditions, certain fire restrictions will be necessary. In order to accomplish this goal, the following restrictions will be in place for all of the Canon City Area Fire Protection District and are the same enacted by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office. Similar restrictions are in place on all US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Fremonty County.
STAGE ONE PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
1. All agricultural burning including but not limited to weeds, brush, or grass;
2. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, fireplace, and any type of charcoal or wood fueled cooking, or open fire of any type in an undeveloped area. Use of a coal or wood-burning stove or fireplace in a private residence in an undeveloped area is allowed only if the flue pipe, chimney, or other exhaust structure is equipped with a properly installed NFPA-approved spark arrestor such as a chimney cap.
a. Campfires contained in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within a developed recreation area are allowed;
b. Grills using propane and other bottled fuels are allowed only in areas free of flammable vegetation and other flammable materials, and must be used in a manner which present no fire danger to the surrounding area;
c. No fire or grill shall be left unattended, and shall have an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher on site.
3. All burning of trash, refuse or other debris.
4. Smoking; except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or outdoor smoking area that is hard-surfaced, barren, or otherwise cleared of all flammable vegetation and material. Discarding of cigarette butts in a receptacle not designed for disposal of cigarette butts, or at any location, or from any vehicle is expressly prohibited.
5. Using any explosives materials, to include: fireworks, solid fuel rockets, blasting caps or any incendiary device, which may result in the ignition of flammable material;
6. Outdoor welding, grinding or use of any type of torch in any area which presents the possibility of igniting vegetation or other combustible material, and there must be an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher on site;
7. Operating any outdoor equipment or machinery in an undeveloped area with an internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either:
a. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service Standard 5100-1a; or
b. Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a);
8. Sale, use and possession of fireworks, including permissible fireworks as defined in §12-28-101, C.R.S., however in no instance shall the sale, use and possession be prohibited for more than one year from the date of imposition of the fire restrictions until the suspension of the same.
Certain area of the District: including Dawson Ranch, Dakota Hideout, Red Canyon Park, Temple Canyon Park, and Royal Gorge Park; should exercise additional precautions due to the additional precautions due to the additional hazards of being in a Wildland/Urban Interface area with heavier fuel loads and lack of adequate water supplies.