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El Paso Co, COS issue burn restrictions

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Schriever Air Force Base Fire Department responded to and assisted with the Milne wildland fire Feb. 27.  Due to a dry winter and high wind conditions, the potential for a devastating wildland fire is extremely high. Both the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and City of Colorado Springs Fire Marshal have enacted burn restrictions.

The Colorado Springs Fire Marshal has issued the following burn restrictions for Colorado Springs effective March 17: 

“Based upon increased fire activity, very high fire danger, current fire weather conditions and consultation and coordination of federal, state and local fire agencies, it is determined that Burn Restrictions are warranted in the City of Colorado Springs.”

To find more information on the burn restrictions, visit https://csfd.coloradosprings.gov/article/news/burn-restrictions-effect-noon-friday-march-1.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office issued the following burn restrictions: 

“Based upon monitoring of fire danger weather conditions, increased fire activity in the area, the fire danger class in the very high and/or extreme levels and through consultation and coordination of federal, state and local fire agencies, it is determined that implementation of Stage 1 Burn Restrictions are warranted in El Paso County.” 

The ECP restriction prohibits several activities that can be found by visiting https://www.epcsheriffsoffice.com/news-releases/sheriffs-office-implementing-stage-1-burn-restrictions.

Additionally, the ECP Fire Warden provides outdoor burning restrictions for various activities.

According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department, “a careless fire that threatens or damages property is fourth degree arson and shall be prosecuted as such.”

For more information, contact Schriever Fire Emergency Services at 567-3370.

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