Stage I fire restrictions in place for unincorporated El Paso County

Restriction puts limits on open burning, fireworks, and outdoor smoking.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Due to the continued dry conditions and the National Weather Service forecast for continued dry and warmer than normal conditions, resulting in very high to extreme fire danger ratings, Deputy Fire Warden John Padgett has ordered Stage I Fire Restrictions for all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.

The Stage I Fire Restrictions shall go into effect immediately and the following are prohibited:

  • Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
  • The sale or use of fireworks.
  • Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The Stage I Restrictions shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified pursuant to El Paso County Ordinance #15-001.


It’s important to note some neighborhoods along Powers Boulevard are in Colorado Springs city limits, and others are in unincorporated El Paso County. Check this map to see if the restrictions apply to your property.  

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